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Definition a rich or powerful person

More rarely, nabob may refer to a governor in India during the Mogul empire as in Vanity Fair when Thackeray wrote, "They say all Indian nabobs are enormously rich."  Archaically, the term can also reference a wealthy man who made his fortune in the Orient.
  • They referred to him as a Nevada nabob when he opened his casino.
nabob = a rich or powerful person
  • Prior to her patent expiration, she netted the fortune of a nabob.
  • nabob = a rich or powerful person
  • He had the whitest shirt on you ever see, too, and the shiniest hat; and there ain't a man in that town that's got as fine clothes as what he had; and he had a gold watch and chain, and a silver-headed cane — the awfulest old gray-headed nabob in the State.
    Mark Twain  --  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • He described them as nattering nabobs of negativism.
  • He had the whitest shirt on you ever see, too, and the shiniest hat; and there ain't a man in that town that's got as fine clothes as what he had; and he had a gold watch and chain, and a silver-headed cane—the awfulest old gray-headed nabob in the State.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • nabob = a rich or powerful person
  • I thought it best not to ask; but you may be sure it is to some horrid old nabob, or to some dissipated little duke.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • "Some nabob from India," was his comment.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Perhaps," said Willoughby, "his observations may have extended to the existence of nabobs, gold mohrs, and palanquins."
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • They say all Indian nabobs are enormously rich.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He follows Buttercup day to day, month to month, as she learns all the ways of curtsying and tea pouring and how to address visiting nabobs and like that.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • ...from Bagdad; here is Captain Friese, from Cape Turnagain, and Captain Symmes,[432] from the interior of the earth; and Monsieur Jovaire, who came down this morning in a balloon; Mr. Hobnail, the reformer; and Reverend Jul Bat, who has converted the whole torrid zone in his Sunday school; and Signer Torre del Greco, who extinguished Vesuvius by pouring into it the Bay of Naples; Spahr, the Persian ambassador; and Tul Wil Shan, the exiled nabob of Nepaul, whose saddle is the new moon.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Why, this Count of Monte Cristo must be a nabob?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I am very sure no nabob would have sent me a pair of horses worth 32,000 francs, wearing on their heads four diamonds valued at 5,000 francs each.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • And I'll take down that great hectoring Nabob, and prevent him from being made a greater fool than he is.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Why, he must be a nabob.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Then he had been seized upon by Danglars, who, with a rapid glance at the stiff-necked old major and his modest son, and taking into consideration the hospitality of the count, made up his mind that he was in the society of some nabob come to Paris to finish the worldly education of his heir.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • My father, who never goes out, has several times been on the point of refusing this invitation; Madame de Villefort, on the contrary, is burning with the desire of seeing this extraordinary nabob in his own house, therefore, she has with great difficulty prevailed on my father to accompany her.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Get down the round-hand scrawls of your son who has half broken your heart with selfish undutifulness since; or a parcel of your own, breathing endless ardour and love eternal, which were sent back by your mistress when she married the Nabob—your mistress for whom you now care no more than for Queen Elizabeth.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He informed them that the carriage belonged to a Nabob from Calcutta and Jamaica enormously rich, and with whom he was engaged to travel; and at this moment a young gentleman who had been warned off the bridge between the paddle-boxes, and who had dropped thence on to the roof of Lord Methuselah's carriage, from which he made his way over other carriages and imperials until he had clambered on to his own, descended thence and through the window into the body of the carriage, to the...
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "Let me assure you, madame," said Lucien, "that had I really the sum you mention at my disposal, I would employ it more profitably than in troubling myself to obtain particulars respecting the Count of Monte Cristo, whose only merit in my eyes consists in his being twice as rich as a nabob.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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