Maidān (میدان) is the term for any open plain,
park or square near a town in Persian
languages. In Western Ukrainian
dialects maidan is a square inside a city or town. The ultimate
source of the word is Arabic
(Isfahan) - the great royal square of Isfahan, a world heritage
(Kolkata) - the Maidan park in Kolkata
(Karnataka) - an
unofficial region of Karnataka state
of southern India, on the
- Midan Tahrir (Tahrir Square) is a large public square at the
epicentre of modern
- Meydan simply means an open square in Turkish.
- Maidan () is a meeting or gathering place, market place, forum,
etc., or simply "area."
is a square and area in Tatar
language and also the place of Sabantuy.
Kyrgyzstan, a town in Kyrgyzstan
- The term "Maidan" is also applied to one of the valleys in the
country of Tirah in Pakistan
- In Russian prison slang, a "maidan" (майдан) is a large duffel
bag in which a prisoner carries all his belongings when he is
shipped from one institution to another. By extrapolation, this
term also applies to the ubiquitous large plaid duffel bags in
which Russian "shop tourists" bring home goods from trips abroad
for subsequent resale.
Daily, Urdu daily
newspaper published in Peshawar, Pakistan
uses the Cyrillic alphabet
, and the letter й may
be transliterated into an I, Y, or J, depending on the transliteration
in use, hence majdan or maidan.
Majdan is also a common location name found in
Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, for example, Majdanek
In the novel "Flashman
Great Game" by George MacDonald Fraser, the term is used frequently
to refer to the parade grounds at British military camps in
colonial India. It is also on page 68 of Flashman - The Flashman
Papers 1839-1842 and definitely refers to the parade grounds.
maidan in Russian: Майдан
maidan in Ukrainian: Майдан