Definition of zamindari in English:

zamindari

(also zemindari, zamindary)

Pronunciation: /ˌzəmiːnˈdɑːri//zəˈmiːndəri/

noun

Indian
historical
  • 1[mass noun] The system under which zamindars held land.

    • ‘Despite the abolition of the zamindari system, this region seems to have stood still in time, at least for some castes.’
    • ‘Despite hailing from a zamindari background, she raised her voice against the tyranny of the zamindars.’
    • ‘The zamindari system is still in vogue in many parts.’
    1. 1.1The office or territory of a zamindar.
      • ‘Plantations are equivalents of big zamindaris all along the Mississippi.’
      • ‘A number of old zamindaris changed hands owing to failure to pay the high demand and were auctioned to the highest bidders.’
      • ‘In the former princely states, as also in the zamindaries till their abolition soon after independence, concubinage was a recognised custom.’
      • ‘All independent and dependant taluks of various denominations were thus turned into independent zamindaris.’
      • ‘He had extensive zamindaries in Santhal Parganas and was a contributory factor to the Santhal rebellion of 1855-56.’

Origin

Urdu.

Pronunciation:

zamindari

/ˌzəmiːnˈdɑːri//zəˈmiːndəri/