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rajah

or raja

[rah-juh] /ˈrɑ dʒə/
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.
Origin of rajah
1545-1555
1545-55; < Hindi rājā < Sanskrit rājan; cognate with Latin rēx king
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  • At nightfall a sharp lookout was kept, not only on the palisade but from the top of the rajah's house.

  • To him the rajah spoke quietly, with an amused expression, and the man bowed his head.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Said the rajah, "To do justice to life, one must forget death."

    Atm Caroline Augusta Frazer
  • It was the diplomatic Kassim who represented the rajah at the council.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • "That sounds a good plan; I have a great desire to try it," said the rajah.

  • They were gloomy and languid, and told us they had not seen their rajah for five days.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • He boldly offered to put down the rebellion if the rajah would make him his general and second to the throne.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • So, then, you did not think the rajah's daughter should be a Moor?

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Moreover, for reasons known to himself, the rajah was well disposed towards the English.

  • rajah Hassim here has seen them less than two hours ago, and so has the girl.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for rajah

rajah

/ˈrɑːdʒə/
noun
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
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 rajah
n.

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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