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Definition of "nabob" [na•bob]

  • A governor in India under the Mogul Empire. Also called nawab. (noun)
  • A person of wealth and prominence. (noun)
  • A rich, powerful, or important man (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (formerly) a European who made a fortune in the Orient, esp in India (noun)

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Use "nabob" in a sentence
  • "I introduced him to her, and left her to improve the impression: 'tis well I was married in time; a nabob is a dangerous rival."
  • "The family name, indeed, may stem from the same Arabic root as the word nabob, having been brought into Russia by the fourteenth-century Tatar prince Nabok Murza."
  • "One morning, passing through Vessory Bazar, I was greatly shocked at seeing the nabob's elephant take up a little child in his trunk and dash its brains out against the ground; the only reason that could be observed was, that the child had thrown some pebble stones at it; and the only redress the poor disconsolate mother could obtain was a gift of fifty pagodas from the nabob, which is about equal to twenty pounds sterling."