Begum



(in India) a high-ranking Muslim woman, especially a widow.
to smear, soil, clog, etc., with or as if with gum or a gummy substance.
Historical Examples

“I saw him and begum going out together just now,” said the Major.
The Mission; or Scenes in Africa Captain Frederick Marryat

Vide Sheridan’s oration against Hastings upon the begum charge.
The Stranger in France John Carr

As to the begum, he positively acquits her of any rebellion.
The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.) Edmund Burke

It might have been difficult to contrive it, but I think I should have been a very profligate begum.
Miss Eden’s Letters Emily Eden

In the course of the memoir, there is a letter of Addington’s, speaking of Sheridan’s famous speech on the begum question.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847 Various

The eyes of the begum remained fixed on the door through which he had passed.
The Surgeon’s Daughter Sir Walter Scott

“It’s a raid on the begum’s palace,” explained Archie rapidly.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 11, 1914 Various

“But the begum will expect her proportion,” replied Paupiah.
The Surgeon’s Daughter Sir Walter Scott

begum Saib, of exalted dignity and generosity, whom God preserve!
The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12) Edmund Burke

I have no doubt that the poor begum is ignorant of their histories.
The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray

noun
(in Pakistan and certain other Muslim countries) a woman of high rank, esp the widow of a prince

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