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A grandee of a Muslim court in India, especially that of the Great Mogul.
Early 17th century. From Urdu and Persian umrā, colloquial form of umarā (plural) nobles, grandees, (singular) a noble from Arabic umarā', plural of amīr commander, lord. In some of the early forms via Portuguese; in plural form ommeraudes via French.
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