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rangatira

/ˌrʌŋɡəˈtɪərə/
noun
1.
(NZ) a Māori chief of either sex
Word Origin
Māori
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  • He was, indeed, a model of a rangatira, and well worth being described.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • In his hand was his broad-axe; with it he must make his rangatira's river-boat.

  • Along this river I wandered for many days, but I found few of the rangatira's descendants.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • A calm low voice now spoke close beside me, "She has followed her rangatira," it said.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • The father was the principal chief of the kainga, and, as it turned out, cousin to Bent's rangatira Tito.

  • This happened many years before I came to the country, and when my rangatira was one of the most famous fighting men in his tribe.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • The chief who claimed me was a good specimen of the Maori rangatira.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • Troops of natives came from all directions to the korero with the rangatira nui, or great gentleman from England.

    The Treaty of Waitangi T. Lindsay Buick
  • rangatira pakeha—A foreigner who is a gentleman (not a tutua, or nobody, as described above), a rich foreigner.

    Old New Zealand: 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
  • Through the creaming surges of Table Bay the rangatira is speeding on her southward course.

    Renshaw Fanning's Quest Bertram Mitford

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