- (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 maharajah
The bag that held him was closed and a seal was put upon it by the Maharajah.
In its proximity were encamped a cavalry regiment of the Maharajah of Kachmyr.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
Maharajah received us at station and entertained us with coffee.The Last Voyage
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Then came the old Maharajah, who had set his price on the American women.A Woman's Journey through the Philippines
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The Maharajah followed their departure with lowering, flashing eyes.The Coming Conquest of England
- any of various Indian princes, esp any of the rulers of the former native states
C17: Hindi, from mahā great + rajah
Word Origin and History for maharajah
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