any very wealthy, influential, or powerful person.
Also nawab. a person, especially a European, who has made a large fortune in India or another country of the East.

Nearby words

  1. nabi,
  2. nabilone,
  3. nabis,
  4. nabla,
  5. nablus,
  6. nabokov,
  7. nabokov, vladimir,
  8. nabokovian,
  9. nabonassar,
  10. nabonidus

Origin of nabob

From the Hindi word nawāb, dating back to 1605–15. See nawab

Related formsna·bob·er·y [ney-bob-uh-ree, ney-bob-uh-ree] /ˈneɪ bɒb ə ri, neɪˈbɒb ə ri/, na·bob·ism, nounna·bob·ish, na·bob·i·cal, adjectivena·bob·ish·ly, na·bob·i·cal·ly, adverbna·bob·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nabob



informal a rich, powerful, or important man
(formerly) a European who made a fortune in the Orient, esp in India
another name for a nawab
Derived Formsnabobery (ˈneɪbɒbərɪ, neɪˈbɒbərɪ) or nabobism, nounnabobish, adjective

Word Origin for nabob

C17: from Portuguese nababo, from Hindi nawwāb; see nawab

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Word Origin and History for nabob



1610s, "deputy governor in Mogul Empire," Anglo-Indian, from Hindi nabab, from Arabic nuwwab, honorific plural of na'ib "viceroy, deputy," from base n-w-b "to take someone's place." Also used of Europeans who came home from India having made a fortune there, hence "very rich man" (1764).

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