memsahib

noun
mem·​sa·​hib | \ ˈmem-ˌsä-ˌ(h)ib How to pronounce memsahib (audio) , -ˌsäb \

Definition of memsahib

: a white foreign woman of high social status living in India especially : the wife of a British official

First Known Use of memsahib

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for memsahib

Hindi, from English ma'am + Hindi & Urdu sahib sahib

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“Memsahib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memsahib. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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