memsahib

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n memsahib a woman sahib
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n memsahib mĕm"sä`ĭb Lady; mistress; -- used by Hindustani-speaking natives in India in addressing European women.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n memsahib In India, a European lady; the mistress of a household: so called by native servants.
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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:

A rickshaw was coming down from the Mall, and the memsahib was in it.
"The Pool in the Desert" by Sara Jeanette Duncan
They look upon sahibs and memsahibs as gods!
"The Valley of the Moon" by Jack London
The Memsahib looks very old now.
"Plain Tales from the Hills" by Rudyard Kipling
Cockley and his memsahib looking awfully white and fagged.
"The Story of the Gadsby" by Rudyard Kipling
I said to her, 'Memsahib!
"Told in the East" by Talbot Mundy
It was a business with a great reputation and patronised by all the Burra Memsahibs of Calcutta.
"Recollections of Calcutta for over Half a Century" by Montague Massey
The Sahib and the Memsahib!
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
The Memsahibs came and were salaamed, and sat in front of the traders.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
And, out in the road, Evelyn's jhampanis were experiencing fresh proof of the indubitable madness of Memsahibs.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
The last time I went to church was at Hazrigunge when the Commissioner's Memsahib collared me as I was going to bridge.
"Banked Fires" by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
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