rajah

[rah-juh]
noun
1.
a king or prince in India.
2.
a minor chief or dignitary.
3.
an honorary title conferred on Hindus in India.
4.
a title of rulers, princes, or chiefs in Java, Borneo, etc.
Also, raja.


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

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rajah or raja (ˈrɑːdʒə)
 
n
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
 
n
 
[C16: from Hindi rājā, from Sanskrit rājan king; see raj; compare Latin rex king]

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rajah
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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When rain is wanted, the rajah fetches water from a spring below and sprinkles it on the stone.
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