nawab

nawab

[nuh-wob, -wawb]
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:
1750–60; < Urdu nawwāb < Arabic nuwwāb, plural of nā'ib deputy, viceroy

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nawab (nəˈwɑːb)
 
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Also called: nabob (formerly) a Muslim ruling prince or powerful landowner in India
 
[C18: from Hindi nawwāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of na'ib viceroy, governor]

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nawab

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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