from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A governor in India under the Mughal Empire.
- noun A person of wealth and prominence.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun An honorary title occasionally conferred upon Mohammedans of distinction.
- noun An Anglo-Indian who has acquired great wealth and lives in Eastern luxury; hence, any very rich and luxurious man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A deputy or viceroy in India; a governor of a province of the ancient Mogul empire.
- noun One who returns to Europe from the East with immense riches: hence, any man of great wealth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An
Indian rulerwithin the Mogul empire; a nawab.
- noun by extension Someone of great
- noun by extension A person with a
grandiose styleor manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a governor in India during the Mogul empire
- noun a wealthy man (especially one who made his fortune in the Orient)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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I introduced him to her, and left her to improve the impression: 'tis well I was married in time; a nabob is a dangerous rival.
The family name, indeed, may stem from the same Arabic root as the word nabob, having been brought into Russia by the fourteenth-century Tatar prince Nabok Murza.
One morning, passing through Vessory Bazar, I was greatly shocked at seeing the nabob's elephant take up a little child in his trunk and dash its brains out against the ground; the only reason that could be observed was, that the child had thrown some pebble stones at it; and the only redress the poor disconsolate mother could obtain was a gift of fifty pagodas from the nabob, which is about equal to twenty pounds sterling.
Nobody, not even his old Eton chums, seemed to know much about him except that he was some kind of nabob, with connections in Leadenhall Street, but he was well received in Society, where his money and manners paid for all.
'tis well I was married in time; a nabob is a dangerous rival.
State, -- where he was growing rich fast enough to be able to decline that famous Russian offer which would have made him a kind of nabob in
I knew that Brice had been what we used to call a nabob and had made a fortune in India. "
At Christmas -- at every season, indeed -- the hospitable old "nabob" 1 entertained throngs of guests; and, if we choose to go back in fancy, we may see those Virginians of the old age amid their most characteristic surroundings.
“If your nabob is a nabob, he can very well afford to give madame the furniture.
State, -- where he was growing rich fast enough to be able to decline that famous Russian offer which would have made him a kind of nabob in a few years.