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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Definitions for nabob

  1. a native ruler in India in the Mogul empire; by extension, a person from India who made a fortune there
  2. a very wealthy and prominent person; mogul

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Citations for nabob
I am not a nabob, but I live well. Malcolm Moore, Daily Telegraph
This super nabob spent money as though it was water. Arthur Daley, New York Times
Origin of nabob
by 1612, "deputy governor in Mogul Empire," Anglo-Indian, from Hindi nabab, from Arabic nuwwab, honorific plural of na'ib "viceroy, deputy." This word was also used of Europeans who came home from India having made a fortune there, hence "very rich man" (1760).