Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a governor in India during the Mogul empire
  2. (noun, person) a wealthy man (especially one who made his fortune in the Orient)

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Synonyms of Nabob


Alternate forms of Nabob

Hypernyms: governor, man of means, rich man, wealthy man

Origin of the word Nabob

  1. 1612, "deputy governor in Mogul Empire," Anglo-Indian, from Hindi nabab, from Arabic nuwwab, honorific pl. of na'ib "viceroy, deputy," from base n-w-b "to take someone's place." Also used of Europeans who came home from India having made a fortune there, hence "very rich man" (1764). more

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