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Maratha

[muh-rah-tuh]
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noun
  1. a member of a Hindu people inhabiting central and western India.
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Also Mahratta.
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Examples from the Web for maratha

Historical Examples

  • The first place in which we see this current in movement is the Maratha country.

    Hindu Gods And Heroes

    Lionel D. Barnett

  • Each of the others comprised a Mysorean, a Biluchi, and a Maratha.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang

  • The Maratha unlocked the door, signed to Desmond to enter, and locked him in.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang

  • "Yes, of a truth; it is Suwarndrug; I was there a month ago," replied the Maratha.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang

  • Grieved at these words, the Maratha Brahman left the place appealing to Krishna.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings

    Krishna das Kaviraja


British Dictionary definitions for maratha

Maratha

Mahratta

noun
  1. a member of a people of India living chiefly in Maharashtra
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Word Origin and History for maratha

Maratha

state in southwestern India, also in reference to the Scytho-Dravidian race living there, 1763 (Mharatta), from Marathi Maratha, corresponding to Sanskrit Maharastrah, literally "great country," from maha- "great" (from PIE root *meg- "great;" see magnate) + rastra "kingdom," from raj "to rule" (see rajah).

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