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nawab (nəˈwɑːb Pronunciation for nawab



  1. (formerly) a Muslim ruling prince or powerful landowner in India Also called: nabob

Word Origin

C18: from Hindi nawwāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, plural of na'ib viceroy, governor

Example Sentences Including 'nawab'

A compensating fate grants Edwards a rich legacy of jewels from her grandmother who was mistress to a nawab.
India Today (2001)
The nawab 's harem, meanwhile, held a separate party, hidden from sight behind walls of canvas.
Ben Macintyre JOSIAH THE GREAT: The True Story of The Man Who Would Be King (2004)


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