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[rah-nee, rah-nee]
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noun, plural ra·nis.
  1. ranee.


or ra·ni

[rah-nee, rah-nee]
noun (in India)
  1. the wife of a rajah.
  2. 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

Historical Examples

  • Welcome to the palace of the no longer unfortunate Rani of Jhansi.

    Lachmi Bai Rani of Jhansi

    Michael White

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for rani



  1. (in oriental countries, esp India) a queen or princess; the wife of a rajah

Word Origin

C17: from Hindi: queen, from Sanskrit rājñī, feminine of rājan rajah


  1. a variant spelling of rani
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