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maharajah

or ma·ha·ra·ja

[mah-huh-rah-juh, -zhuh]
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noun
  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

    Various

  • 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

maharajah

maharaja

noun
  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

n.

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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