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nabob (governor)

Definition:

a governor in India during the Mogul empire

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

nabobs

Type of:

governor » politician » leader » person

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

nawab

Etymology:

Hindi nawāb, nabāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of nā'ib, deputy, active...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of nabob...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Nawab | Navvab | Nawaab

an honorific title ratified and bestowed by the reigning Mughal Emperor to semi-autonomous Muslim rulers of princely states in South Asia. "Nawab" usually refers to males; the female equivalent is "Begum" or "Nawab Begum". The primary duties of a Nawab... (40 of 1923 words, 20 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Nawab

Collins Dictionary:

nawab [archaic] | nabob [synonym]

a Muslim ruling prince or powerful landowner in India (9 of 260 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nawab

Merriam-Webster:

nabob | big boy [nabob] | bigfoot [nabob] | big gun [nabob] | big-timer [nabob] | fat cat [nabob] | heavyweight [nabob] | kahuna [nabob] | kingpin [nabob] | ...

a provincial governor of the Mogul empire in India | a person of great wealth or prominence (16 of 148 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nabob

Britannica Encyclopedia:

nawab [Mughal viceroy] | nabob [English]

deputy ruler, or viceroy, under the Mughal rule of India. The title was later adopted by the independent rulers of Bengal, Oudh, and Arcot. In England ... (26 of 67 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/407089​/nawab

Oxford Dictionary:

nawab

Syllabification: (na¬∑wab) | [Indian, historical] | a native governor during the time of the Mogul empire | a Muslim nobleman or person of high status. (22 of 61 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/nawab

nawab [Indian, historical]

a native governor during the time of the Mogul empire | a Muslim nobleman or person of high status. (18 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nawab

American Heritage Dictionary:

nabob | nawab [sense-specific]

A governor in India under the Mogul Empire. | A person of wealth and prominence. (14 of 42 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nabob

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nawab [countable, India] | nawabs [plural]

an important minister in the government of some Indian states (10 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nawab

Random House Dictionary:

nawab | nabob [sense-specific]

a viceroy or deputy governor under the former Mogul empire in India. | an honorary title conferred upon Muslims of distinction in India and Pakistan. ... (24 of 36 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/nawab

New World Dictionary:

nabob | nawab [slang, sense-specific] | nabobish [adjective, related]

a native provincial deputy or governor of the old Mogul Empire in India | a very rich or important man (19 of 34 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nabob

Wiktionary:

nawab | nawabs [plural]

A deputy ruler or viceroy in India. | A title given by courtesy to other persons of high rank in the East. (21 of 22 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nawab

Cambridge Dictionary:

nabob [dated]

a rich or powerful person (5 of 11 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nabob

Columbia Encyclopedia:

governor

automatic device used to regulate and control such variables as speed or pressure in the functioning of an engine or other machine. A governor may be ... (26 of 237 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0821423​.html

governor

chief executive of a dependent or component unit in a political system. In the United States, a governor is the chief executive of each state and is ... (27 of 140 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

nawab | nawabs [plural]

in India during the Mughal empire, a title for a local nobleman (12 of 32 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632586​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

nabob

Origin: Hindi nawāb, nabāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of nā'ib, deputy, active participle of nāba, to represent; see nwb in Semitic roots.

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Wiktionary:

nabob | nabobs [plural]

Origin: In colloquial usage in English since 1612, from Urdu, from Persian, from the honorific plural of Arabic نائب (nā'ib, "deputy").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nabob

Merriam-Webster:

nabob

First use: 1612

Origin: Hindi navāb and Urdu nawāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of nā'ib governor

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nabob

nawab

First use: 1758

Origin: Urdu nawāb

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nawab

Collins Dictionary:

nabob

First use: 17th century

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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nabob

nawab [archaic]

First use: 18th century

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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nawab

Oxford Dictionary:

nabob

Origin: Portuguese nababo or Spanish nabab, from Urdu; see also "nawab"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/nabob

nawab

Origin: Urdu nawwāb, variant of Arabic nuwwāb, plural (used as singular) of nā'ib "deputy"; compare with "nabob"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/nawab

New World Dictionary:

nabob

Origin: Urdu nawwāb from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of nā'ib, deputy, viceroy

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nawab [slang]

Origin: Urdu nawwāb: see "nabob"

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Encarta Dictionary:

nabob | nabobs [plural]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Portuguese nababo or Spanish nabab from Urdu nawwāb "deputy governor"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632269​/definition​.html  [offline]

nawab | nawabs [plural]

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: Urdu nawāb from Arabic nā'ib "deputy"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632586​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

nabob

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "nabob"

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nawab [archaic]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

nabob [countable] | nabobs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "nabob"

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nawab [countable, India] | nawabs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "nawab"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

nabob [countable] | nabobs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nabob"

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nawab [countable, India] | nawabs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nawab"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

nabob [dated]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "nabob"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "nabob"

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the Free Dictionary:

nabob

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "nabob"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "nabob"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "nabob" by speech synthesizer

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nawab

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Google Dictionary:

nabob | nabobs [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "nabob"

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nawab | nawabs [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "nawab"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

nabob

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nabob"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=nabob​001 word=nabob

nawab

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YourDictionary Audio:

nabob

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nabob" by speech synthesizer

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nawab

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nawab"

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