[bee-guh m, bey-]
- (in India) a high-ranking Muslim woman, especially a widow.
Origin of begum1
1625–35; < Urdu begam ≪ Turkic begim, apparently a derivative of beg. See bey
- to smear, soil, clog, etc., with or as if with gum or a gummy substance.
Origin of begum2
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Examples from the Web for begum
Vide Sheridan's oration against Hastings upon the Begum charge.The Stranger in France
I see nothing like it, since he can dress out his sister like a Begum.St. Ronan's Well
Sir Walter Scott
"It's a raid on the Begum's palace," explained Archie rapidly.
Begum would not go near the skeleton, but appeared to be frightened at it.
“I saw him and Begum going out together just now,” said the Major.
- (in Pakistan and certain other Muslim countries) a woman of high rank, esp the widow of a prince
C18: from Urdu begam, from Turkish begim; see bey
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