nabob

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nabob a wealthy man (especially one who made his fortune in the Orient)
    • n nabob a governor in India during the Mogul empire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nabob A deputy or viceroy in India; a governor of a province of the ancient Mogul empire.
    • Nabob One who returns to Europe from the East with immense riches: hence, any man of great wealth. "A bilious old nabob ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nabob 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 nabob An honorary title occasionally conferred upon Mohammedans of distinction.
    • n nabob An Anglo-Indian who has acquired great wealth and lives in Eastern luxury; hence, any very rich and luxurious man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nabob nā′bob a deputy or governor under the Mogul Empire: a European who has enriched himself in the East: any man of great wealth.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. nawāb, from Ar. nawāb, pl. of nāïb, a vicegerent, governor. Cf Nawab
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. of Hind. nawwâb, a deputy, from Ar. nawwāb, pl. (used as sing.) of nāib, a deputy.

Usage

In literature:

No, you nabobs wid dese automobiles must be held in check.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Mr. Henry James has noted that "The Nabob" is "full of episodes which are above all pages of execution, triumphs of translation.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
He's been chauffeur to more nabobs in turbans than you can count.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
First of all, the Nabob offered it to the heydukes one by one.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
In a few years I shall return thence a rich nabob, and bring fine dowries for our three sisters.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The era of nabobs, returning with vast wealth to astonish the English people, has long since passed away.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
The Nabob of Arcot was one of these latter princes.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
At 11 A.M. we were sailing on for that port, which is regarded as the Paris of the Far East by the wealthy nabobs who frequent the city.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
The lost ground, if there had been any lost at all, was soon regained with 'Le Nabab' (The Nabob) and 'Les Rois en Exil' (Kings in Exile).
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
Again both the court and the nabobs came well to the front.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
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In poetry:

There's Nabob Jock comes strutting ben,
He think's the day's his ain;
But were he a' hung round wi' goud,
He'd find himsel mista'en.
"I’m Tibby Fowler O’ The Glen" by Susanna Blamire
Said I: 'Take back your heart
And I will bear with mine.
Poor lad! All wealth apart
'Tis murder I design,
Not all a Nabob's wealth
Is worth your health.'
"Cardiac" by Robert W Service
Jim rushed at the old man with his knife,
And drove it right through—an empty chair,
Instead of the figure sitting there.
For the Nabob vanished, dog and all,—
And the burglars vanished without their haul.
"The Nabob's Double" by Gerald Massey
Love is outraged in the pulpit when the lord presiding there
Overlooks the man in homespun for the opulent and fair;
For the dazzle of the jewels and the jingle of the coin,
Which the nabob, suave and guileful, from the common herd purloin.
"The Haven Of The Lees" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Nattering nabobs of negativism .
Neutered Nabobs of NATO.
In the last year, the media's nattering nabobs have tended to paint former CBS News anchor Dan Rather as an unhinged Don Quixote for his $70 million lawsuit against his former network.
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