What does Begum mean?

Definitions for Begum
ˈbi gəm, ˈbeɪ-Be·gum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. begumnoun

    a Muslim woman of high rank in India or Pakistan


  1. begumnoun

    a high ranking Muslim woman, especially in India and Pakistan

  2. begumnoun

    the form of address for such a woman

  3. Begumnoun

    A Muslim honorific for a high-ranking woman, with its origin in India and Pakistan, that has become a surname in the west.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Begumnoun

    in the East Indies, a princess or lady of high rank


  1. Begum

    Begum, Begam, Baigum or Beygum is the feminine form of the title Beg, which in Turkic languages means "higher official". It refers to the wife or daughter of a Beg. The form Begzadi also occurs. Begum has been adapted for use in South Asia as an honorific address and title given to Muslim women of rank. Traditionally it was conferred upon women of royal or aristocratic rank, and was often used to mean "Queen". Starting in the 18th century, it was applied more generally to women who held high social status, but no formal aristocratic rank. Some examples are: Zaynab Begum; Begum Hazrat Mahal - who later divorced Nawab Wajid Ali Shah; Mughal princesses Jahanara Begum and Roshanara Begum; Begum Inaara Aga Khan, Begum Nusrat Bhutto, and Begum Khaleda Zia. The term became well known in the West, especially in the French-speaking world, due to Jules Verne's 1879 novel The Begum's Millions. The term had earlier become known in Great Britain during the impeachment and Parliamentary trial of Warren Hastings, former Governor-General of India, which lasted from 1787 until 1795. One of the major charges against Hastings was that he had unjustly confiscated landholdings belonging to the "Begums of Oudh".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Begum

    bē′gum, n. a Hindu princess or lady of rank. [Urdu begam.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Begum

    name given in the E. Indies to a princess, mother, sister, or wife of a native ruler.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Begum

    A lady of high rank in the East, a princess in India, or the wife of a Turkish beg (generally corrupted into bey) or Governor.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Begum in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Begum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Begum in a Sentence

  1. Alex Carlile:

    This is no way to treat a 70-year-old senior lawyer and Parliamentarian, i am outraged by the political interference in Begum Khaleda Zia's case on political grounds by two governments, and I expect a full explanation from the Indian Government. I have the visa they granted me a few days ago.

  2. Sky News:

    Allowing her -- and indeed other terrorists -- back into the U.K. to pursue an appeal would create a national security risk that cannot be fully mitigated, even with the diversion of significant resources, he added. Begums bid to reclaim her citizenship initiallywasstruck down by an immigration court in February. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission, which hears national security cases, said she could instead turn to Bangladesh for citizenship. Yet her lawyer argued that Begum -- who is of British-Bangladeshi heritage was not considered a national of Bangladesh and was therefore rendered stateless by the deprivation decision.

  3. Phillip Lee:

    Clearly Shamima Begum holds abhorrent views, but she was a child. She is a product of our society ... and I think we had a moral responsibility to her and to her baby, Jarrah.

  4. Metropolitan Police Cmdr. Richard Walton:

    We are extremely concerned for the safety of these young girls and would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to Metropolitan Police. Our priority is the safe return of these girls to their families, we are reaching out to the girls using the Turkish media and social media in the hope that Shamima Begum, Kadiza Sultana and their friend hear our messages, hear our concerns for their safety and have the courage to return now, back to their families who are so worried about them.

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