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[moon-shee] /ˈmun ʃi/


or moonshee

[moon-shee] /ˈmun ʃi/
noun, Indian English.
a native interpreter or language instructor.
a native secretary or assistant.
Origin of munshi
1770-80; < Hindi munshī < Arabic munshi' writer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I had a moonshee, or accountant, in one of my outworks in Purneah.

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

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • It was not until past eight that a moonshee came and inquired if I would have an interview with his highness.

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

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
  • This is unintelligible to me, for I am no moonshee; but can any of you read, brothers?

    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
  • Here the Native Rajah calls to the moonshee to bring pen, ink, and paper.

  • "It was not of the Sanscrit, but the moonshee I was thinking," answered Leopold mildly.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate George MacDonald
  • I have picked them up by talking to the natives, and partly from the moonshee I have had, for four years.

  • A lady who was about to undertake a long journey, was persuaded by a moonshee to walk on the verandah and consult her fate.

    Fiends, Ghosts, and Sprites John Nettin Radcliffe

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