One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A polite title or form of address for a man.‘the Doctor Sahib’
- ‘‘You're the only one, sahib,’ he called out as I headed in.’
- ‘We come to know how the white sahibs started the earlier plantations.’
- ‘Vests under the dinner jackets must have been uncomfortable to wear in the Indian heat, so the sahibs tied a bandana around their waists (kamar in Urdu) and began calling it a cummerbund.’
- ‘Also, we're one of the few stand alone eateries in India to offer lobsters and crabs which was important because the burra sahibs were partial to them!’
- ‘In their race to realise the more-or-less elusive American dream, the characters come across as study cases or automatons, caught in the fast-forward gear to become suburban sahibs.’
Urdu, via Persian from Arabic ṣāḥib ‘friend, lord’.
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