American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Used formerly in colonial India as a form of respectful address for a European woman.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In India, a European lady; the mistress of a household: so called by native servants.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Lady; mistress; -- used by Hindustani-speaking natives in India in addressing European women.
- n. a woman sahib
- From ma'am + sahib (Wiktionary)
- ma'am + sahib. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And just because you call the memsahib ‘baji’ doesn’t make her care about you like a big sister would.”
“I liked watching the meticulously-curated history of Singapore, especially the old photographs of rickshaw drivers and their imperious "memsahib" passengers during Singapore's heyday as a British colony, at the Singapore Historical Museum.”
“She had enjoyed the life of a railway memsahib, but hated the constant movement it involved.”
“Bradshaw is sort of totally English and very fun to write as is his wife, the memsahib.”
“One day, thieves broke into the house while the memsahib was enjoying her drunken siesta and stole her very valuable sapphire ring.”
“I almost passed out from the noonday sun and humidity at the Singapore Botanical Gardens until the director, Dr. Chin See Chung, another Yale grad, whisked out a giant parasol for me as if I were modern-day memsahib.”
“And in the wake of this came the dreaded memsahib: the wife and companion and helpmeet of the officer, the district commissioner, the civil servant, and the judge.”
“Herb owes much of his altitude at the agency to the fact of having authored Sleek Cheek's slogan: a picture of a Latin American wolf (carefully continental, if your tastes were transatlantic) rubbing jowls with an ecstatic and mammariferous memsahib, over the legend You wan 'a sleek cheek?”
“Now I know that ,whenever I or the memsahib fancy a bit of lobster for supper, I'll have to flaunt the old school tie and flash my Athenaeum member's badge to the fishmonger in order to get my mitts on one, but I never realised before that there was anything unusual or wrong about that.”
““My memsahib would like you to come with her for a while, please,” the khansama said in Hindi.”
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