from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Used formerly in colonial India as a form of respectful address for a European woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. formerly, a term of respect for a female white European in colonial India

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lady; mistress; -- used by Hindustani-speaking natives in India in addressing European women.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In India, a European lady; the mistress of a household: so called by native servants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman sahib


ma'am + sahib.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From ma'am + sahib (Wiktionary)



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