sir; master: title used in colonial India when speaking to or of a European, and later extended to any male as a sign of respect or formality
Origin of sahibHindi s?hib ; from Arabic ??hib, master, literally , associate
- Used as a form of address for a man in South Asia.
- A European man in colonial India.
- A male mountaineer employing Sherpas or porters in the Himalayas.
Origin of sahibHindi and Urdu sahab, master, from Arabic &slowdot;a&hlowdot;ib, companion, master, participle of &slowdot;a&hlowdot;iba, to become friends; see &slowdot;&hlowdot;b in Semitic roots.