rayah

or ra·ya

[rah-yuh, rahy-uh]

Origin of rayah

1805–15; < Turkish reaya < Arabic ra'īyah subject, literally, flock; cf. ryot
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rayah

noun
  1. (formerly) a non-Muslim subject of the Ottoman EmpireAlso (less common): raia

Word Origin for rayah

C19: from Turkish raiyye, from Arabic ra`iyah herd, flock
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