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or ma·ha·ra·ja

[mah-huh-rah-juh, -zhuh]
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  1. (formerly) a ruling prince in India, especially of one of the major states.
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Origin of maharajah

1690–1700; < Hindi mahārājā great king, equivalent to mahā- great + rājā rajah
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Historical Examples

  • The bag that held him was closed and a seal was put upon it by the Maharajah.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885


  • In its proximity were encamped a cavalry regiment of the Maharajah of Kachmyr.

  • Maharajah received us at station and entertained us with coffee.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • Then came the old Maharajah, who had set his price on the American women.

  • The Maharajah followed their departure with lowering, flashing eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for maharajah



  1. any of various Indian princes, esp any of the rulers of the former native states
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Word Origin

C17: Hindi, from mahā great + rajah
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Word Origin and History for maharajah


also maharaja, 1690s, from Hindi, "great king," from Sanskrit maha "great" (from PIE root *meg- "great;" see magnate) + rajan "king" (see rajah). The fem. equivalent is maharani (1855).

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