memsahib

memsahib

[mem-sah-ib, -eeb]
noun
(formerly, in India) a term of respect for a married European woman.

Origin:
1855–60; < Hindi, equivalent to mem (< English ma'am) + sāhib master (< Arabic ṣāḥib)

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memsahib (ˈmɛmˌsɑːɪb, -hɪb)
 
n
(formerly in India) a term of respect used of a European married woman
 
[C19: from ma'am + sahib]

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