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 (mĕm′sä′hĭb, -sä′ĭb, -säb)
1. Used as a form of address for a European woman in South Asia.
2. A European woman in colonial India.
3. A female mountaineer employing Sherpas or porters in the Himalayas.

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(ˈmɛmˌsɑːɪb; -hɪb)
(formerly in India) a term of respect used of a European married woman
[C19: from ma'am + sahib]
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(ˈmɛmˌsɑ ɪb, -ib)

(formerly, in India) a term of respect for a married European woman.
[1855–60; < Hindi =mem (< E ma ' am) + sāhib master (< Arabic ṣāḥib)]
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Noun1.memsahib - a woman sahibmemsahib - a woman sahib        
sahib - formerly a term of respect for important white Europeans in colonial India; used after the name
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[ˈmemˌsɑːhɪb] N (India) → mujer f casada
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There is no blessing in this work." In those days I rode seventy miles with an English Memsahib and her babe on my saddle-bow.
These were staffed by tens of thousands of Indian civil servants and soldiers who not only accepted British overlordship but also had an unspoken admiration for the caste system that their masters and memsahibs had brought with them.
The essays in this collection delve into the life, writing, and charitable work of Flora Annie Steel, a British writer living in India for 22 years, who was called othe female Rudyard Kipling.o The book examines her novels, short fiction, and nonfiction, looking at fallen women in her novels, her TimesAEs correspondence columns of 1897-1910, her collection of Indian folk tales called Tales of the Punjab, and The Complete India Housekeeper and Cook, which was a guide for other memsahibs in colonial India.
no lynching of isolated sahibs, no sexual attack on memsahibs and no mutilation of their corpses.
The not-so-Shortlist of Shame doesn't spare the memsahibs in the despised LGBTQ (Lithuanian, German Belgian, Trinidadian, Qatari?) group, either.
As such, the development industry and its agents, or "New Missionaries" according to Nadine Gordimer, may perceive the educated native as "brown sahibs and memsahibs" parroting the lingo, intellect and even speech of the colonizer [read: Western development agent] (cited in Ford-Smith, 1997, p.
They were brought back to the UK by memsahibs, upper class women who had been living or who had travelled to India.
It proceeds by the amalgamation of examples and anecdotes, and although this can be highly effective, it sometimes leads to contradictions, as when British memsahibs in India are described as both tyrannical and soft on their servants, all within the space of a few pages (107-109).
The white women, or memsahibs, who visited or lived in British India in the 19th and 20th centuries, wrote novels, letters, short stories, memoirs, and travelogues; these women were also the subject of writings in colonial and postcolonial times.
The officers of the Indian Civil Service were meant to tour the districts under their jurisdiction, occasionally accompanied by their memsahibs and children, to familiarise themselves with the 'real India' and its people in the process of dispensing with their office duties.