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rakyat Line breaks: ra¦kyat
Pronunciation: /ˈrɑːkjɑːt/

Definition of rakyat in English:


(In South East Asia) the ordinary people, especially when considered in relation to the government.
Example sentences
  • When UMNO's supreme council ruled recently that there should be no contest for top posts, the rakyat began to compare their avenues of expression with those of party members.
  • Anwar may be the champion of the rakyat.
  • Aren't those people's representatives supposed to strive for the best interests and the welfare of the rakyat, the citizenry?


Malay, from Arabic ra‘īyya 'herd at pasture, subjects of a shepherd or king'.

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