[ nuh-wob, -wawb ]
/ nəˈwɒb, -ˈwɔb /


Also nabob. a viceroy or deputy governor under the former Mogul empire in India.
an honorary title conferred upon Muslims of distinction in India and Pakistan.

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nawab


/ (nəˈwɑːb) /


(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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