Origin of nawab
1750–60; < Urdu nawwāb < Arabic nuwwāb, plural of nā'ib deputy, viceroy
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Examples from the Web for nawab
The Nawab was in fact detained a prisoner at Haïl for about two months.A Pilgrimage to Nejd, Vol. 1 [of 2]
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.
He did not like the manner with which the Nawab regarded his sister.
The "Nawab," too, had other troubles which were even harder to bear.
- (formerly) a Muslim ruling prince or powerful landowner in IndiaAlso called: nabob
C18: from Hindi nawwāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of na'ib viceroy, governor
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