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a Hindu title of address equivalent to Sir, Mr., or Esquire.
a Hindu gentleman.
a native Indian clerk who can write English.
Usually Disparaging. any native Indian having only a limited knowledge of English.
Historical Examples

All we babus talk English to show off,’ said Hurree, flinging his shoulder-cloth jauntily.
Kim Rudyard Kipling

Once upon a time the babus of Nayanjore were famous landholders.
The Hungry Stones And Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore

We had a man killed in one of our forest villages at Mendabari recently; and our babus were held up the other day by a rogue.
Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly

Once upon a time the babus at Nayanjore were famous landholders.
Stories from Tagore Rabindranath Tagore

I heard he had told his friends that the babus of Nayanjore never craved a boon.
The Hungry Stones And Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore

But, cried the Oriental in him, babus do not travel far to retail compliments.
Kim Rudyard Kipling

Sahibs cannot distinguish one hillman from another, but babus have eyes for men—and women.’
Kim Rudyard Kipling

No concessions to the clamour of the babus of Bengal will retain the loyalty of this country.
Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly

The babus make beautiful accountants, and if we could only see it, a merciful Providence has made the Babu for figures and detail.
From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling

(in India) a title or form of address more or less equivalent to Mr, placed before a person’s full name or after his first name


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