Definitions for sahibˈsɑ ɪb, -ib
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sa•hibˈsɑ ɪb, -ib(n.)
(in colonial India) sir; master: a term of respect used in addressing or referring to a European.
Category: Indian (India)
Origin of sahib:
1690–1700; < Urdu < Ar ṣāḥib master, lit., friend
formerly a term of respect for important white Europeans in colonial India; used after the name
formerly, a term of respect for a white European in colonial India
Origin: From Hindustani (, ) साहिब / (sāhib) lord, from (sāhib) companion
alt. of Saheb
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
used in India when addressing a European gentleman; Mem Sahib to a lady.