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nawab

[nuh-wob, -wawb]
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noun
  1. Also nabob. a viceroy or deputy governor under the former Mogul empire in India.
  2. an honorary title conferred upon Muslims of distinction in India and Pakistan.
  3. nabob(def 2).

Origin of nawab

1750–60; < Urdu nawwāb < Arabic nuwwāb, plural of nā'ib deputy, viceroy
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Historical Examples

  • The Nawab was in fact detained a prisoner at Haïl for about two months.

    A Pilgrimage to Nejd, Vol. 1 [of 2]

    Anne Blunt

  • Does the Nawab think any one could have come to him without my knowledge?

    A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3)

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • Doa Maria was also a welcome guest in the Nawab of Moodgul's family.

    A Noble Queen (Volume I of 3)

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • He did not like the manner with which the Nawab regarded his sister.

    A Noble Queen (Volume I of 3)

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • The "Nawab," too, had other troubles which were even harder to bear.

    A Noble Queen (Volume I of 3)

    Philip Meadows Taylor


British Dictionary definitions for nawab

nawab

noun
  1. (formerly) a Muslim ruling prince or powerful landowner in IndiaAlso called: nabob

Word Origin

C18: from Hindi nawwāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of na'ib viceroy, governor
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