Definition of raja in English:

raja

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɑːdʒɑː
 
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(also rajah)

noun

historical
  • 1An Indian king or prince.
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    • As legend has it, an Indian rajah sent a gift of a chess set to a king of kings as a challenge for his wise men to solve. They did, and ever since sets have been exchanged as gifts between world leaders.
    • The chauffeur, a Russian Czar from the period of Ivan the Terrible, was a fabulous guide who knew of all the kings and rajahs who had come to the area for several reasons, and brought the names of different towns and places to life.
    • For that matter, history books that dwell on stories of rajas and maharajas who met at a tea break might be recalled.
  • 1.1A title extended to minor dignitaries and nobles in India during the British Raj.
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    • In the forties the membership was spread among upper middle class officials and professionals, rajas and zamindars.
    • The rajas were left untouched despite demands for independence, self-rule and decolonization elsewhere.
    • ‘I can drive all the way to Chennai in my Ford jeep,’ the former raja says with a twinkle in his eye.
  • 1.2A title extended by the British to a Malay or Javanese ruler or chief.
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    • But Africans and Asians did not restore their chiefs and rajas, or seek otherwise to return to a more authentic way of life.
    • The Malay term for government, kerajaan, refers to the raja who ruled from the precolonial courts.

Origin

from Hindi rājā, Sanskrit rājan 'king'.

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