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Definitions for Nawab
nəˈwɒb, -ˈwɔbnawab

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nawab, nabobnoun

    a governor in India during the Mogul empire


  1. nawabnoun

    A deputy ruler or viceroy in India.


  1. nawab

    A nawab is a title historically given to certain Indian Muslim rulers or governors in South Asia, particularly those of provincial regions during the Mughal Empire. The term is derived from the Arabic word meaning "deputy" or "governor." Nawabs were semi-autonomous leaders who ruled over specific territories while recognizing the sovereignty of the Mughal emperor. The term nawab can also refer to a wealthy or influential person in present-day usage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nawabnoun

    a deputy ruler or viceroy in India; also, a title given by courtesy to other persons of high rank in the East

  2. Etymology: [See Nabob.]


  1. Nawab

    A Navvab or Nawaab, is an honorific title ratified and bestowed by the reigning Mughal Emperor to semi-autonomous Muslim rulers of princely states in South Asia. "Nawab" usually refers to males; the female equivalent is "Begum" or "Nawab Begum". The primary duties of a Nawab was to uphold the sovereignty of the Mughal Emperor alongside with the administration of a certain province. The title of "Nawab" was also awarded as a personal distinction by the paramount power, similar to a British peerage, to persons and families who never ruled a princely state, for various services to the Government of British India. In some cases, these titles were also accompanied by jagir grants, either in cash revenues and allowances or land-holdings. In the British Punjab, North West Frontier Province, Sindh and Balochistan, some of the chiefs or Sardars of large or important tribes were also given the title, in addition to traditional titles already held by virtue of chieftainship. The term "Nawab" was originally used for the Subahdar or viceroy of a Subah or region of the Mughal empire.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nawab

    na-wab′, n. a nabob.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Nawab

    a viceroy of a province in the Mogul empire, applied also to a Mohammedan chief in India, and, spelt Nabob, to a man who has made his wealth in India.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NAWAB

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nawab is ranked #78821 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nawab surname appeared 242 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Nawab.

    62.8% or 152 total occurrences were Asian.
    21% or 51 total occurrences were White.
    10.3% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    5.3% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. ba-wan

  2. bawan

  3. bwana

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nawab in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nawab in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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