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[mah-huh-rah-juh, -zhuh] /ˌmɑ həˈrɑ dʒə, -ʒə/
(formerly) a ruling prince in India, especially of one of the major states.
Also, maharaja.
1690-1700; < Hindi mahārājā great king, equivalent to mahā- great + rājā rajah Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for maharajah


any of various Indian princes, esp any of the rulers of the former native states
Word Origin
C17: Hindi, from mahā great + rajah
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Word Origin and History for maharajah

also maharaja, 1690s, from Hindi, "great king," from Sanskrit maha "great" (from PIE root *meg- "great;" see magnate) + rajan "king" (see rajah). The fem. equivalent is maharani (1855).

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Encyclopedia Article for maharajah


(from mahat, "great," and rajan, "king"), an administrative rank in India; generally speaking, a Hindu prince ranking above a raja. Used historically, maharaja refers specifically to a ruler of one of the principal native states of India. The feminine form is maharani (maharanee).

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