Origin of nabob
Examples from the Web for nabob
One nabob even seems to have commandeered the challenge to reignite an old grudge.#IceBucketChallenge Wisdom From 'Jackass' Steve-O
August 21, 2014
Nabob's calculation is short, but "as rich as a Nabob" in error.A Tangled Tale
His father, the brewer, died, and he became possessor of a nabob's fortune.The English at the North Pole
A great change had come over the Nabob both externally and internally.
First of all, the Nabob offered it to the heydukes one by one.
And thus he not only filled himself, but satisfied the Nabob also.
- informal a rich, powerful, or important man
- (formerly) a European who made a fortune in the Orient, esp in India
- another name for a nawab
Word Origin and History for nabob
1610s, "deputy governor in Mogul Empire," Anglo-Indian, from Hindi nabab, from Arabic nuwwab, honorific plural of na'ib "viceroy, deputy," from base n-w-b "to take someone's place." Also used of Europeans who came home from India having made a fortune there, hence "very rich man" (1764).