Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A title of respect commonly affixed to the names of European officers in Indian documents, or used in ceremonious mention by natives: as, Jones Sahib Bahadur. It may be compared to the phrase “gallant officer” of parliamentary courtesy, or the “illustrissimo signore” of the Italians. It was conferred as a title of honor by the Great Mogul, and by other native princes. Yule and Burnell, Anglo-Ind. Glossary.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A title of respect or honor given to European officers in East Indian state papers, and colloquially, and among the natives, to distinguished officials and other important personages.
“It can be arranged - we owe you a debt, Flashman bahadur, Yakub and I and all our people.”
“You and Flashman bahadur must rest, for when the Lady of the Great Horde comes over the wall the Ruskis will surely try to kill us before we can be rescued.”
“I salute you, Flashman bahadur, and the genius of your infidel professors of Anglistan.”
“You understand, Flashman bahadur, we may buy you a little time here, in Syr Daria - no more.”
“Now I, "says the saucy piece, teasing my lips with hers," have true lovers, because I delight to give pleasure as well as to take it — especially with my English bahadur.”
“Be patient, Flashman bahadur — remember, the servant may sup last, but she sups longest.”
“Sardul Singh, at your service, Flashman bahadur," * (* Champion.) cries he, teeth flashing through his beard.”
“Be patient, Flashman bahadur - remember, the servant may sup last, but she sups longest.”
“Besides, envy is the last deadly sin I'd expect from Flash-man bahadur.”
“Now I, "says the saucy piece, teasing my lips with hers," have true lovers, because I delight to give pleasure as well as to take it - especially with my English bahadur.”
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