sahib

sahib

[sah-ib, -eeb]
noun
1.
(in India) sir; master: a term of respect used, especially during the colonial period, when addressing or referring to a European.
2.
(initial capital letter) singular of Ashab.

Origin:
1690–1700; < Urdu < Arabic ṣāḥib master, literally, friend

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Ashab

[ahs-hahb]
plural noun, singular Sahib [sah-ib, -eeb] . Islam.
those associating with Muhammad at any time in his life.
Compare Ansar, Muhajirun.
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sahib or saheb (ˈsɑːhɪb, ˈsɑːhɛb)
 
n
(in India) a form of address or title placed after a man's name or designation, used as a mark of respect
 
[C17: from Urdu, from Arabic çāhib, literally: friend]
 
saheb or saheb
 
n
 
[C17: from Urdu, from Arabic çāhib, literally: friend]

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sahib
respectful address to Europeans in India, 1673, from Hindi or Urdu sahib "master, lord," from Arabic, originally "friend, companion," from sahiba "he accompanied."
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