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

[Hindi and Urdu sāhab, master, from Arabic ṣāḥib, companion, master, participle of ṣaḥiba, to become friends; see ṣḥb in Semitic roots.]


(ˈsɑːhɪb) or


(in India) a form of address or title placed after a man's name or designation, used as a mark of respect
[C17: from Urdu, from Arabic çāhib, literally: friend]


(ˈsɑ ɪb, -ib)

(in colonial India) sir; master: a term of respect used in addressing or referring to a European.
[1690–1700; < Urdu < Arabic ṣāḥib master, literally, friend]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sahib - formerly a term of respect for important white Europeans in colonial India; used after the name
European - a native or inhabitant of Europe
memsahib - a woman sahib


[ˈsɑːhɪb] N (India)
1.señor m
Smith Sahib(el) señor Smith
2. (hum) → caballero m
pukka sahibcaballero m de verdad


nSahib m


[ˈsɑːhɪb] nsahib m inv
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Now those foolish hunters, whose pay is less than my pay, have spoken to Petersen Sahib of the matter." Little Toomai was frightened.
"They have said my name to Petersen Sahib, and perhaps--and perhaps--and perhaps--who knows?
She had not wanted a little girl at all, and when Mary was born she handed her over to the care of an Ayah, who was made to understand that if she wished to please the Mem Sahib she must keep the child out of sight as much as possible.
The woman looked frightened, but she only stammered that the Ayah could not come and when Mary threw herself into a passion and beat and kicked her, she looked only more frightened and repeated that it was not possible for the Ayah to come to Missie Sahib.
"Did I whack you over the knee, old man?" "Ressaidar Sahib, what the devil made you play that kicking pig of a pony in the last ten minutes?" "Shabash, Ressaidar Sahib!" Then the voice of the colonel, "The health of Ressaidar Hira Singh!"
Thus he spoke in the vernacular: - "Colonel Sahib and officers of this regiment.
"Sahib," the king answered, shifting a little on the cushions, "once and only once in these forty years sickness came upon me so that I was not able to go abroad.
I was minded to shoot him, sahib, but not to death.
There's a Sahib come to call on me, an' that's more than he'll iver do for you onless you run!
'Sahib,' sez he, 'there's a reg'mint an' a half av soldiers up at the junction, knockin' red cinders out av ivrything an' ivrybody!
"The Sahib awaits you," said he, and even as he spoke there came a high piping voice from some inner room.
'That is the Government's house and there is no idolatry in it, but only a Sahib with a white beard.