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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
1605-1615
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).