Origin of begumAnglo-Indian ; from Hindi begam, lady ; from Turk, princess, feminine of beg, bey
- A Muslim woman of rank.
- Used as a form of address for such a woman.
Origin of begumUrdu begam, from East Turkic beg&udie;m, first person sing. possessive of beg, master, mistress; see bey.
(third-person singular simple present begums, present participle begumming, simple past and past participle begummed)
From be- + gum.
Beg (A provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey)+ um (feminine suffix for nobility titles) Compare with خانم (hanım).