(noun) a Muslim woman of high rank in India or Pakistan

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Proper noun


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


• gumbe

Etymology 1


begum (third-person singular simple present begums, present participle begumming, simple past and past participle begummed)

(transitive) To daub or cover with gum.

Etymology 2


begum (plural begums)

a high-ranking Muslim woman, especially in India and Pakistan

the form of address for such a woman


• gumbe

Source: Wiktionary

Be"gum, n. Etym: [Per., fr. Turk., perh. properly queen mother, fr. Turk. beg (see Beg, n.) + Ar. umm mother.]

Definition: In the East Indies, a princess or lady of high rank. Malcom.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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