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

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The palace today is mostly under the control of the last maharaja’s daughter, Princess Diya Kumari. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 And, really, how many 15-year-olds authoritatively discuss Italian cinematography or read biographies of the maharaja of Jaipur? Michael Callahan, Town & Country, "Show Business Royalty Carys Zeta Douglas Is Ready for Her Close Up," 1 Aug. 2018 Date: June 27, 2016 Attendance: 1,000 Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore, and Trishika Kumari Singh were married at the city palace in Mysore. Cheyenne Buckingham And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "30 of the largest royal weddings, ever," 20 Apr. 2018 Masks were a strong theme, of the balaclava nature as well as the face jewels of a maharaja. Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "Milan Fashion Week: At Gucci, Outrageousness is the Message, while Moschino Says “It Takes All Colors”," 21 Feb. 2018 Ancient palaces and havelis are becoming hotels and restaurants, giving visitors the opportunity to live like a maharaja. Monica Mendal, Vogue, "A Decadent Visit to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s Fabled Pink City," 23 Jan. 2018 Both her parents were involved in Asian cultures; her father, who was close to the maharaja, or ruler, of Travancore, later advised the governments of India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) on development matters, while her mother studied Indian theater. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Nancy Hatch Dupree, Scholar of Afghanistan, Is Dead at 89," 10 Sep. 2017 Kashmir’s Hindu ruler wanted to stay independent, but local uprisings and a raid by Pakistani tribesmen drove the maharaja to seek assistance from Indian troops. Washington Post, "AP Explains: 70 years of India-Pakistan tensions unresolved," 9 Aug. 2017 The Umaid Bhawan Palace in the northwestern city of Jodhpur is home to the last maharaja’s grandson, and has become a go-to destination for celebrities and statesmen alike. Vineeta Deepak, The Seattle Times, "7 decades into Indian democracy, a royal palace thrives," 7 Aug. 2017

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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

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: a Hindu prince

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