Bombay

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English[edit]

A Bombay cat.
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Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese Bombaim, possibly from Marathi मुंबादेवी (mumbādevī, goddess Mumba).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Bombay

  1. (dated) Mumbai, the state capital of Maharashtra, India.
    • 1945, Noël Coward, I Wonder What Happened to Him?
      Have you heard any word
      Of that bloke in the "Third" -
      Was it Sotherby, Sedgewick or Sim?
      They had him chucked out of a club in Bombay.
      But apart from his mess bills exceeding his pay,
      He took to pig-sticking in quite the wrong way.
      I wonder what happened to him?

Noun[edit]

Bombay (plural Bombays)

  1. A domestic cat of a medium-sized shorthair breed meant to resemble a Black Panther, developed in Kentucky during the 1950s.

Usage notes[edit]

As a proper noun, the term Bombay is becoming obsolete. The city has been officially named Mumbai since 1995, and this is name is the standard one in contemporary written usage, although "Bombay" is still common in spoken English and occasionally used in modern writing. However, Bombay remains in terms such as Bombay mix and Bombay duck.

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Translations[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bombay” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.

French[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Bombay

  1. Mumbai, Bombay

Spanish[edit]

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Proper noun[edit]

Bombay m

  1. Mumbai, Bombay