Definition of sahib in English:

sahib

(also sahab)

Pronunciation /ˈsɑː(h)ɪb//sɑːb/

noun

Indian
  • A polite title or form of address for a man.

    ‘the Doctor Sahib’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘You're the only one, sahib,’ he called out as I headed in.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘We come to know how the white sahibs started the earlier plantations.’

Origin

Urdu, via Persian from Arabic ṣāḥib ‘friend, lord’.

Pronunciation

sahib

/ˈsɑː(h)ɪb//sɑːb/