raj

[ rahj ]
/ rɑdʒ /
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noun (often initial capital letter)

(in India) rule, especially the British rule prior to 1947.

Nearby words

  1. raison d'état,
  2. raison d'être,
  3. raisonne,
  4. raisonneur,
  5. raita,
  6. raja yoga,
  7. rajab,
  8. rajah,
  9. rajahmundry,
  10. rajar

Origin of raj

1790–1800; < Hindi rāj < Pali, Prakrit rajja < Sanskrit rājya kingdom, rule

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British Dictionary definitions for raj

raj

/ (rɑːdʒ) /

noun

(in India) government; rule

Word Origin for raj

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

Raj

/ (rɑːdʒ) /

noun

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

Raj

n.

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

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