memsahib

[ mem-sah-ib, -eeb ]
/ ˈmɛmˌsɑ ɪb, -ib /

noun

(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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memsahib
/ (ˈmɛmˌsɑːɪb, -hɪb) /

noun

(formerly in India) a term of respect used of a European married woman

Word Origin for memsahib

C19: from ma'am + sahib
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