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be·gum

 (bā′gəm, bē′-)
n.
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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begum

(ˈbeɪɡəm)
n
(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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be•gum

(ˈbi gəm, ˈbeɪ-)

n.
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.
Even the British India Company initially opposed female rule in Bhopal until the Begums quoted Queen Victoria as their model and inspiration.
LAHORE:In this photograph, by Bourne and Shepherd, Begum of Bhopal Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan (1858-1930) walks in full niqab at the Delhi Durbar.