or ra·ja

[ rah-juh ]
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  1. a king or prince in India.

  2. a minor chief or dignitary.

  1. an honorary title conferred on Hindus in India.

  2. 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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How to use rajah in a sentence

  • Shortly before my departure I had the pleasure of being presented to the rajah through the aid of my fellow-traveller, Mr. Law.

  • The rajah repeated the same question ninety-nine times, and always received the same answer.

  • Finally, I must mention that for many years no one has died in the palace which the rajah occupies.

  • The revenues of his own possessions amount to half as much more; but with all this, he is not so well off as the rajah of Benares.

  • To my great joy the rajah consented, and with less difficulty than I had anticipated, for I had become a great favourite with him.

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British Dictionary definitions for rajah



/ (ˈrɑːdʒə) /

  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

Origin of rajah

C16: from Hindi rājā, from Sanskrit rājan king; see raj; compare Latin rex king

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