- a king or prince in India.
- a minor chief or dignitary.
- an honorary title conferred on Hindus in India.
- a title of rulers, princes, or chiefs in Java, Borneo, etc.
Origin of rajah
Examples from the Web for rajah
To him the Rajah spoke quietly, with an amused expression, and the man bowed his head.Melomaniacs
Trafford, not improbably, ruling some rajah's kingdom in the far East.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
Over the stockade and the Rajah's buildings Brown saw their lights on the water.
It was the diplomatic Kassim who represented the Rajah at the council.
An hour or so afterwards I saw Willems land a boat party at the Rajah's.An Outcast of the Islands
- (in India, formerly) a ruler or landlord: sometimes used as a form of address or as a title preceding a name
- a Malayan or Javanese prince or chieftain
Word Origin and History for rajah
also raja, "king or prince in India," 1550s, from Hindi, from Sanskrit rajan "king," related to raj "kingdom, kingship," rajati "he rules," and cognate with Latin rex, Old Irish rig "king" (see regal). Related: Rajput, "member of the ruling caste in northern India" (1590s), from Sanskrit rajaputrah "prince," literally "king's son," from putrah "son, boy" (cf. puerile).