na·​wab | \ nə-ˈwäb How to pronounce nawab (audio) \

Definition of nawab

: nabob

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Examples of nawab in a Sentence

a meeting with the nawabs on the university's board of trustees
Recent Examples on the Web The Oudh descendants in Kolkata, where the nawab died in exile, had also rejected their claim. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "The Jungle Prince of Delhi," 22 Nov. 2019 In 1757, the East India Company commander Robert Clive defeated Bengal’s local ruler, or nawab, in battle and consolidated the company’s power in the province. Maya Jasanoff, The New York Review of Books, "Lost Calcutta," 23 May 2019

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First Known Use of nawab

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nawab

Urdu nawāb

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“Nawab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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