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

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With the abolition of the sultanate system after the British conquest of India in the 1870's, many of the nabobs and maharajas sold their centuries old paintings.
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Three MPs came to Liverpool to see the university nabobs with regard to the cuts proposed and other matters.
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There's a direct line from that student election to Spiro Agnew's attacks on the "nattering nabobs of negativism" as "an effete corps of impudent snobs," and from there to the peculiar cult of personality that not long ago surrounded George W.
Delhi's Nabobs copied the erstwhile Mughal aristocracy by laying out hinterland estates either as permanent residences or for repose.