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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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. Anyhow, from India tidings of his death reached home, within ten years.
On 22 November, 1982, Begum Bhutto reached Munich in Germany.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari and other senior PPP leaders visited former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at Jati Umra on Sunday to offer their condolences over the demise of his wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.
LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law, Captain (retd) Safdar will be granted parole for Begum Kulsoom's funeral, said sources at the Interior Ministry on Tuesday.
Muhammad Tafham, 31, is accused of stabbing Rahman Begum, 46, to death at her home in Rochdale, before putting the knife in her hand in a bid to make it look like a suicide.
LAHORE:In this photograph, by Bourne and Shepherd, Begum of Bhopal Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan (1858-1930) walks in full niqab at the Delhi Durbar.
Nurjahan Begum, editor of the country's first illustrated women's weekly Begum, passed away at a hospital in Dhaka yesterday.
Doli Begum used false references to land a property manager job at the unidentified company in 2010 and then abused her position to pay cash into bogus accounts.
One of the first names to have succeeded on both counts is that of Akhtari Bai, later known as Begum Akhtar ( 1914- 1974).
At New York's Armory Show in March, one of those artists was 36-year-old Anglo-Bangladeshi Rana Begum, whose richly colored, wall-mounted pieces drew collectors to the Bischoff/ Weiss booth.
Jahangir Alom, who yesterday admitted plotting to train at a Pakistan terror camp, is the husband of Cardiff woman Ruksana Begum, whose brothers plotted to blow up London's Stock Exchange.