[ rah-yuh, rahy-uh ]

  1. a Christian subject of an Ottoman ruler.

Origin of raya

First recorded in 1805–15; from Turkish reaya, from Arabic ra'īyah “subject,” literally, “flock”; cf. ryot
  • Also ra·ia, ra·yah .

Words Nearby raya

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How to use raya in a sentence

  • His total indebtedness at the tienda de raya amounted to 1,291.68 pesos.

    When the Owl Cries | Paul Bartlett
  • A thousand times a week Petacan men and women talked of the tienda de raya and cursed its prices.

    When the Owl Cries | Paul Bartlett