from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A governor in India under the Mogul Empire. Also called nawab.
- n. A person of wealth and prominence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An Indian ruler within the Mogul empire; a nawab.
- n. Someone of great wealth or importance.
- n. A person with a grandiose style or manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A deputy or viceroy in India; a governor of a province of the ancient Mogul empire.
- n. One who returns to Europe from the East with immense riches: hence, any man of great wealth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A viceroy or governor of a province in India under the Mogul empire: as, the nabob of Oudh; the nabob of Surat. The nabob was, properly speaking, a subordinate provincial governor, who acted under a soubah or viceroy.
- n. An honorary title occasionally conferred upon Mohammedans of distinction.
- n. An Anglo-Indian who has acquired great wealth and lives in Eastern luxury; hence, any very rich and luxurious man.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a governor in India during the Mogul empire
- n. a wealthy man (especially one who made his fortune in the Orient)
Hindi nawāb, nabāb, from Arabic nuwwāb, pl. of nā'ib, deputy, active participle of nāba, to represent; see nwb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
In colloquial usage in English since 1612, from Urdu, from Persian, from the honorific plural of Arabic نائب (nā’ib, "deputy"). (Wiktionary)