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nayaka Line breaks: nay¦aka
Pronunciation: /ˈneɪjɑːkə/

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Definition of nayaka in English:


A lead male role in dance or a romantic hero in drama.
Example sentences
  • The anukula nayaka identified by the post-Bharata authors seems to be ‘Priya’.
  • A few of the bigger nayakas established almost independent rule in their respective territories from the later half of the 16th century.
  • The city's history is interwoven with the political fortunes of the pallavas, cholas, nayakas & the British.


From Sanskrit nāyaka, from nī- 'to lead'.

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