nabob

[ney-bob]
noun
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.
nawab ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1605–15; < Hindi nawāb. See nawab

nabobery [ney-bob-uh-ree, ney-bob-uh-ree] , nabobism, noun
nabobish, nabobical, adjective
nabobishly, nabobically, adverb
nabobship, noun
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nabob (ˈneɪbɒb)
 
n
1.  informal a rich, powerful, or important man
2.  (formerly) a European who made a fortune in the Orient, esp in India
3.  another name for a nawab
 
[C17: from Portuguese nababo, from Hindi nawwāb; see nawab]
 
nabobery
 
n
 
'nabobism
 
n
 
'nabobish
 
adj

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nabob
1612, "deputy governor in Mogul Empire," Anglo-Indian, from Hindi nabab, from Arabic nuwwab, honorific pl. of na'ib "viceroy, deputy," from base n-w-b "to take someone's place." Also used of Europeans who came home from India having made a fortune there, hence "very rich man" (1764).
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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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