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Maratha

[muh-rah-tuh] /məˈrɑ tə/
noun
1.
a member of a Hindu people inhabiting central and western India.
Also, Mahratta.
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Maratha

/məˈrɑːtə/
noun
1.
a member of a people of India living chiefly in Maharashtra
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Word Origin and History for Maratha

state in southwestern India, also in reference to the Scytho-Dravidian race living there, 1763 (Mharatta), from Marathi Maratha, corresponding to Sanskrit Maharastrah, literally "great country," from maha- "great" (from PIE root *meg- "great;" see magnate) + rastra "kingdom," from raj "to rule" (see rajah).

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