babu

noun, often attributive
ba·​bu | \ ˈbä-(ˌ)bü How to pronounce babu (audio) \
variants: or less commonly baboo

Definition of babu

1 : a Hindu gentleman a form of address corresponding to Mr.
2a : an Indian clerk who writes English
b often disparaging : an Indian having some education in English

First Known Use of babu

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for babu

Hindi bābū, literally, father

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“Babu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/babu. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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