mem-sahib

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n mem-sahib mĕm"sä`ĭb Lady; mistress; -- used by Hindustani-speaking natives in India in addressing European women.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. mem-sāhib,; mem,fr. E. ma'am,) + Ar. çāhib, master. See Sahib

Usage

In literature:

The Englishman hardly looked, said: "Hauksbee Sahib ki Mem," and went on.
"Plain Tales from the Hills" by Rudyard Kipling
Ah, yes, I am so delighted to hear it I And the dear Mem Sahib, is she quite well too?
"The Hungry Stones And Other Stories" by Rabindranath Tagore
Eulopean-sahib and mem-sahibs come into Tibet-land.
"Hilda Wade" by Grant Allen
Ram Lal's eyes gleamed in anticipation of the fat pickings of the Mem-Sahib.
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
SAHIB (i. e. master), used in India when addressing a European gentleman; Mem Sahib to a lady.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
I said the white Mem-Sahib has come in a palanquin.
"Six Women" by Victoria Cross
She actually asked me quite sudden the other day if I loved the big Mem Sahib.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
You, Colonel Sahib, and you, Kathlyn Mem-sahib, and you, Bruce Sahib, will without difficulty act the parts.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
I was often here with the mem-sahib.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
And the mem sahib is gone.
"Gil the Gunner" by George Manville Fenn
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