Definition of begum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪɡəm/


1A Muslim woman of high rank.
Example sentences
  • The begum who owned Liberty Theatre allowed them in to see movies for free as they were neighbours and he has a strong memory of how she would drive a convertible with great style.
  • You will, of course, need a driver to drop and pick the children from school and, more importantly, to take the begum out for shopping and to her coffee parties.
  • There was a pause and the begum looked up, I think to see if I was secretly laughing at her memories: ‘It's up to you whether you want to believe all this,’ she said simply.
1.1 (Begum) The title of a married Muslim woman, equivalent to Mrs.
Example sentences
  • After moving to Bradford in the mid-1990s, he married a Muslim woman, Shaffia Begum, in June 1995.
  • An Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Musharraf and his wife Begum will visit India July 14-16 and the summit would take place in Agra, an ancient city in northern India and home to the Taj Mahal.
  • And that's just when I refuse to take the Begum to buy new shoes.


From Urdu begam, from eastern Turkish bigim 'princess', feminine of big 'prince'.

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