from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used formerly as a form of respectful address for a European man in colonial India.
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- n. formerly, a term of respect for a white European in colonial India
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A respectful title or appellation given to Europeans of rank.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A term of respect used by the natives of India and Persia in addressing or speaking of Europeans: equivalent to Master or Sir, and even to Mistress: as, Colonel sahib; the sahib did so and so; it is the mem-sahib's command. (See mem-sahib.) It is also occasionally used as a specific title among both Hindus and Mohammedans, as Tippoo Sahib.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. formerly a term of respect for important white Europeans in colonial India; used after the name
Hindi sāhab, master, from Arabic ṣāḥib, companion, master, participle of ṣaḥiba, to become friends; see ṣḥb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindustani (Hindi, Urdu) साहिब / صاحب (sāhib) lord, from Arabic صاحِب (sāhib) companion (Wiktionary)