[ ney-bob ]
/ ˈneɪ bɒb /


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.

Origin of nabob

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

Related forms

na·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

British Dictionary definitions for nabobism


/ (ˈneɪbɒb) /


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 Forms

nabobery (ˈneɪbɒbərɪ, neɪˈbɒbərɪ) or nabobism, nounnabobish, adjective

Word Origin for nabob

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