rajah

or ra·ja

[rah-juh]
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noun
  1. a king or prince in India.
  2. a minor chief or dignitary.
  3. an honorary title conferred on Hindus in India.
  4. a title of rulers, princes, or chiefs in Java, Borneo, etc.

Origin of rajah

1545–55; < Hindi rājā < Sanskrit rājan; cognate with Latin rēx king
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rajah

raja

noun
  1. (in India, formerly) a ruler or landlord: sometimes used as a form of address or as a title preceding a name
  2. a Malayan or Javanese prince or chieftain

Word Origin for rajah

C16: from Hindi rājā, from Sanskrit rājan king; see raj; compare Latin rex king
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Word Origin and History for raja

rajah

n.

also raja, "king or prince in India," 1550s, from Hindi, from Sanskrit rajan "king," related to raj "kingdom, kingship," rajati "he rules," and cognate with Latin rex, Old Irish rig "king" (see regal). Related: Rajput, "member of the ruling caste in northern India" (1590s), from Sanskrit rajaputrah "prince," literally "king's son," from putrah "son, boy" (cf. puerile).

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