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begum

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[ bee-guhm, bey- ]
/ ˈbi gəm, ˈbeɪ- /
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noun
(in India) a high-ranking Muslim woman, especially a widow.
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Origin of begum

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1625–35; <Urdu begam ≪ Turkic begim, apparently a derivative of beg.See bey

Other definitions for begum (2 of 2)

begum2
[ bih-guhm ]
/ bɪˈgʌm /

verb (used with object), be·gummed, be·gum·ming.
to smear, soil, clog, etc., with or as if with gum or a gummy substance.

Origin of begum

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British Dictionary definitions for begum

begum
/ (ˈbeɪɡəm) /

noun
(in Pakistan and certain other Muslim countries) a woman of high rank, esp the widow of a prince

Word Origin for begum

C18: from Urdu begam, from Turkish begim; see bey
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