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nawab

[nuh-wob, -wawb] /nəˈwɒb, -ˈwɔb/
noun
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
1750-1760
1750-60; < Urdu nawwāb < Arabic nuwwāb, plural of nā'ib deputy, viceroy
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British Dictionary definitions for nawab

nawab

/nəˈwɑːb/
noun
1.
(formerly) a Muslim ruling prince or powerful landowner in India Also called nabob
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi nawwāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of na'ib viceroy, governor
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nabob

deputy ruler, or viceroy, under the Mughal rule of India. The title was later adopted by the independent rulers of Bengal, Oudh, and Arcot.

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