Nabob definition

nābŏb
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(by extension) Someone of great wealth or importance.
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(by extension) A person with a grandiose style or manner.
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A governor in India under the Mughal Empire.
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A person of wealth and prominence.
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A native provincial deputy or governor of the old Mogul Empire in India.
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A very rich or important man.
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An Indian ruler within the Mogul empire; a nawab.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nabob
Plural:
nabobs

Origin of nabob

  • Hindi nawāb, nabāb from Arabic nuwwāb pl. of nā’ib deputy active participle of nāba to represent nwb in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • In colloquial usage in English since 1612, from Urdu, from Persian, from the honorific plural of Arabic نائب (nā'ib, “deputy").

    From Wiktionary