- the wife of a rajah.
- a reigning queen or princess.
Origin of ranee
1690–1700; < Hindi rānī < Sanskrit rājñī queen (feminine derivative of rājan king)
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Examples from the Web for rani
Welcome to the palace of the no longer unfortunate Rani of Jhansi.
The Rani slowly raised her hand and held it outstretched before her.
The two officers bowed to the Rani and retraced their steps to the end of the hall.
He drew a dagger from his girdle and offered the handle to the Rani.
For a moment surprise was depicted on the Rani's face, then she sought his reason.
- (in oriental countries, esp India) a queen or princess; the wife of a rajah
C17: from Hindi: queen, from Sanskrit rājñī, feminine of rājan rajah
- a variant spelling of rani
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