begum

1
[ bee-guh m, bey- ]
/ ˈbi gəm, ˈbeɪ- /
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noun

(in India) a high-ranking Muslim woman, especially a widow.

Nearby words

  1. beguile,
  2. beguiling,
  3. beguin,
  4. beguine,
  5. beguines,
  6. begun,
  7. behalf,
  8. behan,
  9. behan, brendan,
  10. behar

Origin of begum

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

begum

2
[ 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

2

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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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