- a native provincial deputy or governor of the old Mogul Empire in India
- a very rich or important man
Origin of nabobUrdu naww?b ; from Arabic nuww?b, plural of na?ib, deputy, viceroy
- A governor in India under the Mughal Empire. Also called nawab.
- A person of wealth and prominence.
Origin of nabobHindi nawab, nabab, from Arabic nuwwab, pl. of na’ib, deputy, active participle of naba, to represent; see nwb in Semitic roots.