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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Definitions for nabob

  1. any very wealthy, influential, or powerful person.
  2. Also, nawab. a person, especially a European, who has made a large fortune in India or another country of the East.
  3. a viceroy or deputy governor under the former Mogul empire in India.

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Citations for nabob
Working out of uniform, in the British society of the Indian city, the boy from Georgetown had managed to embroil himself in a contretemps with a young woman, the headstrong second daughter of a prominent nabob. William L. Gibson, Singapore Black, 2013
Bill Safire was anything but a nattering nabob of negativity. He had none of the vile and vitriol of today’s howling pack of conservative pundits… Maureen Dowd, "On Safire," New York Times, September 29, 2009
Origin of nabob
Nabob entered English in the early 1600s from the Hindi word nawāb meaning "viceroy."
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