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or moon·shee

noun Indian English.
  1. a native interpreter or language instructor.
  2. a native secretary or assistant.
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Origin of munshi

1770–80; < Hindi munshī < Arabic munshi' writer
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Examples from the Web for munshi

Historical Examples

  • Presumably it was made by his Turkish munshi for his note in the Memoirs (p. 329).

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • I must say it to a munshi, who will write with a pen what I speak with my lips.

    Barclay of the Guides

    Herbert Strang

  • The munshi demanded and received the purwana, or written permit.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • The munshi said nothing but followed the Englishman with his one workable eye.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • That a Munshi be fixed at each capital stage who shall have charge of a certain number of stages.