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(history) the title of the ruler of the former native state of Baroda in India
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C19: from Marathi Gaekvād, literally: Guardian of the Cows, from Sanskrit gauh cow + -vad guardian
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  • Just beyond this gateway is the grand, grim, grey old palace of the gaekwar.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
  • The Maharaja of gaekwar has introduced it in his territories.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • We had been through palaces in Europe, but the gaekwar's bed was the most costly seen anywhere.

  • Finally, it was decided to visit Baroda, the capital of a State where the gaekwar had recently been deposed for his crimes.

    The Life of King Edward VII J. Castell Hopkins
  • Previously the gaekwar's standing had been recognized by a royal salute of 21 guns, and seven of these were cut off.

  • The recent denunciation of caste by an enlightened Hindu ruler, the gaekwar of Baroda, is a further significant sign of the times.

  • "The gaekwar of Baroda," announced the woman, pointing to the card on the inside of the lid.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • A much better appearance was offered by the gaekwar's subjects than by the natives seen in Bombay.

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