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or raja

[rah-juh] /ˈrɑ dʒə/
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
1545-55; < Hindi rājā < Sanskrit rājan; cognate with Latin rēx king Unabridged
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  • To him the rajah spoke quietly, with an amused expression, and the man bowed his head.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • 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.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • It was the diplomatic Kassim who represented the rajah at the council.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • An hour or so afterwards I saw Willems land a boat party at the rajah's.

  • Finally he said, 'There is darkness in our rajah's house, but no sleep.

  • Next day we were busy unloading, and heard that the rajah was unwell.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • They were gloomy and languid, and told us they had not seen their rajah for five days.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • So, then, you did not think the rajah's daughter should be a Moor?

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • rajah Hassim here has seen them less than two hours ago, and so has the girl.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for rajah


(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
C16: from Hindi rājā, from Sanskrit rājan king; see raj; compare Latin rex king
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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).

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