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nabob

1. (formerly) a European who made a fortune in the Orient, esp in India
2. another name for a nawab

Nabob

 

(a corruption of nawwab), a pejorative term used in Great Britain and France from the second half of the 18th century for people who became wealthy in the colonies, especially in India. Later, in these countries and elsewhere, “nabob” came to mean any parvenu with an idle, profligate, or extravagant way of life.