begum

1
[bee-guh m, bey-]

Origin of begum

1
1625–35; < Urdu begamTurkic begim, apparently a derivative of beg. See bey

begum

2
[bih-guhm]
verb (used with object), be·gummed, be·gum·ming.
  1. to smear, soil, clog, etc., with or as if with gum or a gummy substance.

Origin of begum

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begum

noun
  1. (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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