- (formerly, in India) a term of respect for a married European woman.
Origin of memsahib
1855–60; < Hindi, equivalent to mem (< English ma'am) + sāhib master (< Arabic ṣāḥib)
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Examples from the Web for memsahib
I don't think I shall ever outlive the Memsahib or Tsin-ling.
He has to keep us three of course—me and the Memsahib and the other Eurasian.
Morbid sort of fancy I call it; but I've got to do what the Memsahib tells me.
It was the strange Memsahib, the khansammah observed to himself.Caravans By Night
In those days I rode seventy miles with an English memsahib and her babe on my saddle-bow.Kim
- (formerly in India) a term of respect used of a European married woman
C19: from ma'am + sahib
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