[nuh-wob, -wawb]
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  1. Also nabob. a viceroy or deputy governor under the former Mogul empire in India.
  2. an honorary title conferred upon Muslims of distinction in India and Pakistan.
  3. nabob(def 2).

Origin of nawab

1750–60; < Urdu nawwāb < Arabic nuwwāb, plural of nā'ib deputy, viceroy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for nawab

tycoon, magnate, deputy, dignitary, notable, governor, viceroy, nawab

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  1. (formerly) a Muslim ruling prince or powerful landowner in IndiaAlso called: nabob

Word Origin for nawab

C18: from Hindi nawwāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of na'ib viceroy, governor
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