a Hindu title of address equivalent to Sir, Mr., or Esquire.
a Hindu gentleman.
Older Use. an Indian clerk who can write in English.
Usually Disparaging. any Indian having only a limited knowledge of English.
- Also ba·boo .
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How to use babu in a sentence
These partially educated Bengalis form the babu class, and many are employed in the railways.War in the Garden of Eden | Kermit Roosevelt
Said the babu when he had talked for an hour and a half, 'I hope some day to enjoy your offeecial acquaintance.
The babu's famous drug-box proved useless, though Kim had restocked it at Bombay.
Com-plete in every particular,' said Hurree babu, rolling into the balcony to clean his teeth at a goglet. '
Hurree babu stepped back a pace or two into the crowd at the entrance of Lucknow station and—was gone.
British Dictionary definitions for babu
(in India) a title or form of address more or less equivalent to Mr, placed before a person's full name or after his first name
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