a king or prince in India.
a minor chief or dignitary.
an honorary title conferred on Hindus in India.
a title of rulers, princes, or chiefs in Java, Borneo, etc.
Also, raja.

1545–55; < Hindi rājā < Sanskrit rājan; cognate with Latin rēx king

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rajah or raja (ˈrɑːdʒə)
1.  (in India, formerly) a ruler or landlord: sometimes used as a form of address or as a title preceding a name
2.  a Malayan or Javanese prince or chieftain
[C16: from Hindi rājā, from Sanskrit rājan king; see raj; compare Latin rex king]
raja or raja
[C16: from Hindi rājā, from Sanskrit rājan king; see raj; compare Latin rex king]

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Word Origin & History

1555, from Hindi, from Skt. rajan "king," cognate with L. rex, O.Ir. rig "king." Related to raj "kingdom, kingship" (used from 1859 in ref. to the British dominion in India). Rajput "member of the ruling caste in northern India" (1598) is from Skt. rajaputrah "prince," lit. "king's son," from putrah
"son, boy" (cf. puerile).
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Example sentences
Raja is also interested in how cities and regions can be planned to promote healthy eating and active living among its residents.
Inside, sonorous sitars play amid splendor fit for a raja, and brightly colored pennants flutter outside in the evening breeze.
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