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  1. NZ a Māori chief of either sex
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Examples from the Web for rangatira

Historical Examples

  • In his hand was his broad-axe; with it he must make his rangatira's river-boat.

    The adventures of Kimble Bent

    James Cowan

  • The chief who claimed me was a good specimen of the Maori rangatira.

    Old New Zealand

    Earl of Pembroke.

  • The father was the principal chief of the kainga, and, as it turned out, cousin to Bent's rangatira Tito.

  • A calm low voice now spoke close beside me, "She has followed her rangatira," it said.

    Old New Zealand

    Earl of Pembroke.

  • This happened many years before I came to the country, and when my rangatira was one of the most famous fighting men in his tribe.

    Old New Zealand

    Earl of Pembroke.