Next day the fever had slightly abated, when Muhamed Isa slipped gently into my tent to inquire how the sahib was.
Natives had come overnight, hearing that a sahib had arrived.
Those watching turned sick of stomach, but not so the doctor sahib.
They had not dared to run away because they were in full view of the sahib and of me.
We follow the sahib until we see him enter the compound of the hotel.
Then, in a moment, the tiger had disappeared, and the sahib also.
Now the woman's voice came to them calling earnestly, "sahib, sahib, sahib!"
"sahib, hum 'certificates' ne hai" (Sir, I have no certificates).
And when our time comes may thou and I, sahib, die as he did, with our harness on!
See, sahib, where Pudmini's leg-iron cut the bark of that tree!
respectful address to Europeans in India, 1670s, from Hindi or Urdu sahib "master, lord," from Arabic sahib, originally "friend, companion," from sahiba "he accompanied." Female form ("European lady") is memsahib.