One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An expert or highly skilled person, especially a musician.‘Ustad Zakir Hussain’‘he has interviewed ustads of various trades’
- ‘After the concert, the ustad watched happily as a few students, who were unlettered street urchins till recently, drew rudraveenas and wrote a paragraph about it each.’
- ‘It is an honour to have the ustad with us.’
- ‘The daughters are sent to be trained by an ustad and not having an ustad entails loss of prestige.’
- ‘She reveals that she once attempted to learn the harmonium and singing in her college days from an ustad, but soon gave up.’
- ‘I had read enough Indian book reviews to know that reviewers are ustads with blades sharpened on a cruelly efficient whetstone.’
From Urdu ustād.
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