mem·​sa·​hib ˈmem-ˌsä-ˌ(h)ib How to pronounce memsahib (audio)
: a white foreign woman of high social status living in India
especially : the wife of a British official

Word History


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

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of memsahib was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Memsahib.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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