begum

noun
be·​gum | \ ˈbā-gəm How to pronounce begum (audio) , ˈbē- How to pronounce begum (audio) \

Definition of begum

: a Muslim woman of high rank (as in India or Pakistan)

Examples of begum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The begum was an arresting-looking woman, tall and broad-shouldered, with a face as craggy and immobile as an Easter Island statue. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "The Jungle Prince of Delhi," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of begum

1617, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for begum

Hindi & Urdu begam

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“Begum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/begum. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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