[ rah-guh ]
/ ˈrɑ gə /


one of the melodic formulas of Hindu music having the melodic shape, rhythm, and ornamentation prescribed by tradition.



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Origin of raga

First recorded in 1780–90, raga is from the Sanskrit word rāga color, tone
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Example sentences from the Web for raga

  • Thence it is a day's journey to the river Raga, where p.69 there is the sepulchre of King Zedekiah.

  • Among the most desperate and successful pirates of the present day, Raga is most distinguished.

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  • Among them was a chief, or rajah, named Raga, notorious for the boldness and success of his undertakings.

  • It was about the year 1813 Raga commenced operations on a large scale.

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British Dictionary definitions for raga

/ (ˈrɑːɡə) /

noun (in Indian music)

any of several conventional patterns of melody and rhythm that form the basis for freely interpreted compositions. Each pattern is associated with different aspects of religious devotion
a composition based on one of these patterns

Word Origin for raga

C18: from Sanskrit rāga tone, colour
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