[sah-ib, -eeb]


(in India) sir; master: a term of respect used, especially during the colonial period, when addressing or referring to a European.
(initial capital letter) singular of Ashab.

Origin of sahib

1690–1700; < Urdu < Arabic ṣāḥib master, literally, friend



plural noun, singular Sa·hib [sah-ib, -eeb] /ˈsɑ ɪb, -ib/. Islam.

those associating with Muhammad at any time in his life.
Compare Ansar, Muhajirun. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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saheb (ˈsɑːhɛb)


(in India) a form of address or title placed after a man's name or designation, used as a mark of respect

Word Origin for sahib

C17: from Urdu, from Arabic çāhib, literally: friend
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Word Origin and History for sahib

respectful address to Europeans in India, 1670s, from Hindi or Urdu sahib "master, lord," from Arabic sahib, originally "friend, companion," from sahiba "he accompanied." Female form ("European lady") is memsahib.

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