- a Hindu title of address equivalent to Sir, Mr., or Esquire.
- a Hindu gentleman.
- a native Indian clerk who can write English.
- Usually Disparaging. any native Indian having only a limited knowledge of English.
Origin of babu
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Historical Examples of babus
Once upon a time the Babus of Nayanjore were famous landholders.The Hungry Stones And Other Stories
Once upon a time the Babus at Nayanjore were famous landholders.Stories from Tagore
But, cried the Oriental in him, Babus do not travel far to retail compliments.
Sahibs cannot distinguish one hillman from another, but Babus have eyes for men—and women.'
The Babus make beautiful accountants, and if we could only see it, a merciful Providence has made the Babu for figures and detail.From Sea to Sea
- (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