- (in India) sir; master: a term of respect used, especially during the colonial period, when addressing or referring to a European.
- (initial capital letter) singular of Ashab.
Origin of sahib
- those associating with Muhammad at any time in his life.
Examples from the Web for sahib
What do you think will become of the man who shot the Dhah, sahib?
"It is not him of whom it is a question, Sahib," he replied.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ</p>
And what message would you like for the Sahib to give the boys and girls of America for you?Where Half The World Is Waking Up
There's a Sahib come to call on me, an' that's more than he'll iver do for you onless you run!Soldiers Three, Part II.
He disclosed that I was a sahib, and that I was on my way to Lhassa.In the Forbidden Land
Arnold Henry Savage Landor
- (in India) a form of address or title placed after a man's name or designation, used as a mark of respect
Word Origin and History for sahib
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.