Origin of raj

1790–1800; < Hindi rāj < Pali, Prakrit rajja < Sanskrit rājya kingdom, rule
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Historical Examples of raj

  • A false policy to my mind, and one that in the end will not strengthen the British Raj!

  • You have been told that it needed but an effort to overthrow the British Raj.

  • From the jet ahead of them, Raj Shiva led a puny, middle-aged co-pilot.

  • Pandit was a big man by Ophiuchan standards, but Raj Shiva was bigger.

  • As the enemy of the Company, the result would be that your raj would be lost.

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British Dictionary definitions for raj


  1. (in India) government; rule

Word Origin for raj

C19: from Hindi, from Sanskrit rājya, from rājati he rules


  1. the Raj the British government in India before 1947
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Word Origin and History for raj



British rule in India, 1859, from Hindi raj "rule, dominion, kingdom" (see rajah).

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