Definition of nawab in English:



  • 1Indian historical A native governor during the time of the Mogul empire.

    as title ‘Nawab Haider Beg’
    • ‘And their power-crazed heads obviously long to wear a crown, which is why they behave like old-style nawabs and potentates.’
    • ‘Governors of the Mughal empire also took advantage of growing feebleness - the nawabs of Bengal, Oudh and Hyderabad were soon to establish quasi-independent states which owed only nominal allegiance to Delhi.’
    • ‘This right was bestowed on us by emperors, rajas and nawabs (local rulers and influentials in the undivided Indian subcontinent).’
    • ‘‘My father was a nawab of Tonk while my mother was from a khandaani hakeem family,’ he says.’
    • ‘The next nawab, his nephew Azim-ud-Daula, had to give up much of his powers and territory and became the first titular Nawab of the Carnatic.’
    • ‘For the first time in the history of Bangalore's star hotels, you can come and indulge like a nawab and forget that diet till tomorrow.’
    • ‘He has published many papers on maharajas and nawabs of India.’
    • ‘Equally, as a Governor-General above the political fray, he played a crucial role in persuading maharajahs and nawabs distrustful of the socialist Nehru to accept that they had no choice but to merge their domains into the Indian Union.’
    • ‘Bengal was absorbed into the Mughul Empire in the 16th century, and Dhaka, the seat of a nawab (the representative of the emperor), gained some importance as a provincial center.’
    • ‘The nawab who ruled Junagarh cared more about his dogs than his subjects.’
    • ‘Under effective British rule since 1757, the nawab dynasties of Bengal, Orissa, and Bihar were united into the single province and ruled from Calcutta.’
    1. 1.1A Muslim nobleman or person of high status.
      ‘Made famous by the Muslim nawabs of Lucknow, those on the receiving end enjoyed courtesy, food, drink and congeniality - all served with an elegant world-class flourish.’
      • ‘Ghazal singing, earlier an art form restricted to the nawabs and aristocrats, was bought to the people by Begum Akhtar and later popularised by Pankaj Udhas.’
      • ‘Drive past the Prime Minister's secretariat, the Shariah court, the Supreme Court, the National Assembly and the majestic houses of the nawabs.’
      • ‘Come evening and the nawabs and the well-heeled would climb atop the terraces of their sprawling ‘deodis’ and let loose their pigeons.’
      • ‘Lucknowi nawabs were great connoisseurs of food.’
      • ‘The art form, once performed for nawabs and zamindars, gives way to modern music’
      • ‘In Lucknow, the Shia auqaf properties are higher in number, their value running in billions of rupees, perhaps due to Lucknow's Shia nawabs ' munificence.’



/nəˈwäb/ /nəˈwɑb/ /nəˈwôb/ /nəˈwɔb/


From Urdu nawwāb, variant of Arabic nuwwāb, plural (used as singular) of nā'ib ‘deputy’; compare with nabob.