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memsahib

[ mem-sahb; mem-sah-ib, ‐hib, ‐heeb ]
/ ˈmɛm sɑb; ˈmɛm sɑ ɪb, ‐hɪb, ‐hib /
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noun

(formerly, in India) a term of respect for a married European woman.

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Origin of memsahib

First recorded in 1855–60; from Hindi, equivalent to mem (from English ma'am) + sāhib “master” (from 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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