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a king or prince in India.
a minor chief or dignitary.
an honorary title conferred on Hindus in India.
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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Examples from the Web for rajah

Historical Examples of rajah

  • To him the Rajah spoke quietly, with an amused expression, and the man bowed his head.


    James Huneker

  • Trafford, not improbably, ruling some rajah's kingdom in the far East.

  • It was the diplomatic Kassim who represented the Rajah at the council.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • Over the stockade and the Rajah's buildings Brown saw their lights on the water.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • An hour or so afterwards I saw Willems land a boat party at the Rajah's.

British Dictionary definitions for rajah




(in India, formerly) a ruler or landlord: sometimes used as a form of address or as a title preceding a name
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 rajah

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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