- (formerly) a ruling prince in India, especially of one of the major states.
Origin of maharajah
1690–1700; < Hindi mahārājā great king, equivalent to mahā- great + rājā rajah
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Examples from the Web for maharaja
In the late 19th century, Maharaja Sardar Singh built the beautiful white marble monument in memory of his father.Jodhpur Is an Oasis in the Middle of the Mad Rush of India
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The Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II was the first to make it his private residence.
Here in the former home of the Maharaja one finds an opulent oasis from the bustle of the city.
My friend said he would see the Maharaja at once and have my visit arranged for.Ranching, Sport and Travel
The maharaja, however, was not at home that day to receive us.A Tour of the Missions
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I see no reason why I should not become a raja, and for that matter even a maharaja.
It is my advice that the Maharaja does not meet the Rani with these people.
Prasad Singh will go as thy messenger to the Maharaja forthwith.
- any of various Indian princes, esp any of the rulers of the former native states
C17: Hindi, from mahā great + rajah
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Word Origin and History for maharaja
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