Origin of nabob
Examples from the Web for nabob
One nabob even seems to have commandeered the challenge to reignite an old grudge.
There seemed no hope, and they said, some day, I should be sent to the nabob's zenana--wretches!With Clive in India|G. A. Henty
In another document Mr. Macrae ordered ‘more motors’ and a dozen bicycles, as the Nabob of old ordered ‘more curricles.’The Disentanglers|Andrew Lang
Mr. Hasbrook began to look hopeful; for the last remark of the nabob indicated a possible termination of the conversation.The Yacht Club|Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for nabob
Word Origin for nabob
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).