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nabob

[ney-bob] /ˈneɪ bɒb/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; < Hindi nawāb. See nawab
Related forms
nabobery
[ney-bob-uh-ree, ney-bob-uh-ree] /ˈneɪ bɒb ə ri, neɪˈbɒb ə ri/ (Show IPA),
nabobism, noun
nabobish, nabobical, adjective
nabobishly, nabobically, adverb
nabobship, noun
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nabob

/ˈneɪbɒb/
noun
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
Derived Forms
nabobery (ˈneɪbɒbərɪ; neɪˈbɒbərɪ), nabobism, noun
nabobish, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese nababo, from Hindi nawwāb; see nawab
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Word Origin and History for nabob
n.

1610s, "deputy governor in Mogul Empire," Anglo-Indian, from Hindi nabab, from Arabic nuwwab, honorific plural 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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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