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[rah-juh] /ˈrɑ dʒə/
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.
Origin of rajah
1545-55; < Hindi rājā < Sanskrit rājan; cognate with Latin rēx king Unabridged
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  • When enquiry was made it was found that the wives had really become men, and the raja was put to shame before all his people.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • In 1847 raja Brooke went to England for a while, and was there received with great honours.

    On the Equator Harry de Windt
  • When he arrived, he went to the raja and asked that two sipahis might be deputed to keep watch over the woman he had brought.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • There was formerly a coffee estate on Matang belonging to the raja.

    On the Equator Harry de Windt
  • After the monsters were exorcised they took the child to Medni and he became the first raja of Nahan (Sarmor).

    Human Animals Frank Hamel
  • Five mortal times did raja Vikram repeat this profitless labour.

    Vikram and the Vampire Richard F. Burton
  • These, as in the dominions of Namgay Doola's raja, are mostly on end.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa Edmund Candler
  • And raja Ram looked at her as if he could have wrung her neck.

    Vikram and the Vampire Richard F. Burton
British Dictionary definitions for raja


(in India, formerly) a ruler or landlord: sometimes used as a form of address or as a title preceding a name
a Malayan or Javanese prince or chieftain
Word Origin
C16: from Hindi rājā, from Sanskrit rājan king; see raj; compare Latin rex king
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Word Origin and History for raja



also raja, "king or prince in India," 1550s, from Hindi, from Sanskrit rajan "king," related to raj "kingdom, kingship," rajati "he rules," and cognate with Latin rex, Old Irish rig "king" (see regal). Related: Rajput, "member of the ruling caste in northern India" (1590s), from Sanskrit rajaputrah "prince," literally "king's son," from putrah "son, boy" (cf. puerile).

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