Etymology
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sahib (n.)

"gentleman, sir," respectful address to Europeans in India, 1670s, from Hindi or Urdu sahib "master, lord," from Arabic sahib, originally "friend, companion," from sahiba "he accompanied." Female form ("European lady") is memsahib.

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Definitions of sahib

sahib (n.)
formerly a term of respect for important white Europeans in colonial India; used after the name;
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