maharaja

noun
ma·​ha·​ra·​ja | \ ˌmä-hə-ˈrä-jə How to pronounce maharaja (audio) , -ˈrä-zhə \
variants: or maharajah

Definition of maharaja

: a Hindu prince ranking above a raja

Examples of maharaja in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The British enjoyed traveling to Kashmir in the summer months to escape the heat and dust of the Indian plains, but the local Hindu maharaja denied them permission to own land. Ranjan Pal, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 The maharaja then instructed that Lakshmi Bai would rule as regent until the boy came of age. National Geographic, 6 Oct. 2020 In 1842 the young Manikarnika married the much older Gangadhar Rao, the maharaja, or king, of Jhansi. National Geographic, 6 Oct. 2020 Historians say the maharaja brought land ownership rights on the insistence of powerful Kashmiri Hindus. The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Aug. 2020 The 21-year-old maharaja is offering stays in the baby blue Gudliya Suite, with proceeds helping women's charities. Toby Skinner, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Dec. 2019 Further discussions culminated in the 1952 Delhi Agreement, a presidential order that extended Indian citizenship to the residents of the state but left the maharaja’s privileges for residents intact. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2019 Further discussions culminated in the 1952 Delhi Agreement, a presidential order that extended Indian citizenship to the residents of the state but left the maharaja’s privileges for residents intact. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2019 The Quit Kashmir movement against the maharaja is launched. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 5 Aug. 2019 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'maharaja.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of maharaja

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maharaja

Hindi & Urdu mahārāja, from Sanskrit, from mahat great + rājan raja; akin to Latin rex king — more at much, royal

Learn More About maharaja

Time Traveler for maharaja

Time Traveler

The first known use of maharaja was in 1698

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near maharaja

mahant

maharaja

maharani

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for maharaja

Cite this Entry

“Maharaja.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maharaja. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on maharaja

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about maharaja

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!