na·​wab nə-ˈwäb How to pronounce nawab (audio)
: nabob

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, 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, 23 May 2019

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Word History


Urdu nawāb

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nawab was in 1682

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“Nawab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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