sahib

noun
sa·​hib | \ ˈsä-ˌ(h)ib How to pronounce sahib (audio) , -ˌ(h)ēb, ˌsä-ˈ(h)ib, -ˈ(h)ēb \

Definition of sahib

: sir, master used especially among the native inhabitants of colonial India when addressing or speaking of a European of some social or official status

First Known Use of sahib

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sahib

Hindi sāhab & Urdu ṣāḥib, ṣāḥab companion, master, from Arabic ṣāḥib

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“Sahib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sahib. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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