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 (bā′gəm, bē′-)
1. A Muslim woman of rank.
2. Used as a form of address for such a woman.

[Urdu begam, from East Turkic begüm, first person sing. possessive of beg, master, mistress; see bey.]


(in Pakistan and certain other Muslim countries) a woman of high rank, esp the widow of a prince
[C18: from Urdu begam, from Turkish begim; see bey]


(ˈbi gəm, ˈbeɪ-)

a title of royal princesses in Mogul and British India, later applied to any Muslim woman of noble ancestry.
[1625–35; < Urdu begam « Turkic begim]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.begum - a Muslim woman of high rank in India or Pakistan
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
lady - a polite name for any woman; "a nice lady at the library helped me"
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He went to India with his capital, and there, according to a wild legend in our family, he was once seen riding on an elephant, in company with a Baboon; but I think it must have been a Baboo - or a Begum.
KARACHI -- Begum Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that Holy Prophet Hazart Mohammad (PBUH) has directed to spread message of Almighty Allah for observing peace, brotherhood, tranquility and tolerance amongst mankind, said a statement issued here on Tuesday.
PESHAWAR -- Prominent political figure, social activist and Pakistan's first female federal minister Begum Kulsoom Saifullah Khan passed away on Monday.
Karachi -- Awami National Party Wali group (ANPW) leader Begum Naseem Wali Khan has said that she has rejoined politics to rid it of corruption.
Reshma Begum, 19, escaped on foot from under the nine-story building and was hospitalized the very same day in April, according to claims made to a British newspaper.
Abu Dhabi: Every day at 12pm, Kohinur Begum cannot help bursting into tears.
The city's magistrates' court was told there was a "history of bad blood" between victim Gullmena Begum, 37, and attacker Ferzana Kosser before last September's incident.
Indian Shahataj Begum, 36, said her husband, Kaif Mahboob Khalil called one of her relatives to say he had "plans" to take their son away from her.
APART from transmitting their genes to Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, whose mother was the last begum's granddaughter ( he owes his title of Nawab to Bhopal), the Begums of Bhopal, who ruled the princely state between 1819 and 1930, were also iconoclasts.
But it was not yet known how their mother Juli Begum, 26, died.
Kafil Ahmed, from Darlaston in the West Midlands, will appear before Walsall Magistrates Court accused of murdering Laily Begum, aged 21.
But for Manna Begum and Arash Ghorbani-Zarin, this kind of behaviour was frowned upon by the Muslim community to which they belonged.