- 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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Examples from the Web for rayah
Kassim Pasha is your den, where your rayah loll and scratch in the sun!The Moonlit Way
Robert W. Chambers
Rayah, r′ya, n. a non-Mohammedan subject of Turkey who pays the capitation tax.
The term by which the Turk described his Christian neighbour was "our rayah," that is, "our subject."History of Modern Europe 1972-1878
C. A. Fyffe
- (formerly) a non-Muslim subject of the Ottoman EmpireAlso (less common): raia
C19: from Turkish raiyye, from Arabic ra`iyah herd, flock