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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
a title of respect in India, specially used to designate Europeans. The word is Arabic, and originally means a companion. It is generically fixed to the titles of men of rank, as Khan Sahib, Nawab Sahib, Raja Sahib, and is equivalent to master. The proper feminine form is sahiba; but the hybrid term memsahib (from madam and sahib) is universally used in India for European ladies.
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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Sahib'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/s/sahib.html. 1910.