rayah

or ra·ya

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

a Christian subject of an Ottoman ruler.

Origin of rayah

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

/ (ˈrɑːjə, ˈraɪə) /

noun

(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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