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  1. munshi.


or moon·shee

noun Indian English.
  1. a native interpreter or language instructor.
  2. a native secretary or assistant.

Origin of munshi

1770–80; < Hindi munshī < Arabic munshi' writer
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Examples from the Web for moonshee

Historical Examples

  • I am about to mention a name that you will recognize,—the Moonshee, Ali Gohur.


    Charles James Lever

  • This is unintelligible to me, for I am no moonshee; but can any of you read, brothers?

    Confessions of a Thug

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • At one or two questions of mine the Moonshee laughed immoderately.

    Confessions of a Thug

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • We went on to Nagpoor, and sold the Moonshee's camels and horses.

    Confessions of a Thug

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • I had a moonshee, or accountant, in one of my outworks in Purneah.

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