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raya

[ rah-yuh, rahy-uh ]
/ ˈrɑ yə, ˈraɪ ə /
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noun

a Christian subject of an Ottoman ruler.

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Also ra·ia, ra·yah .

Origin of raya

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