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

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Recent Examples on the Web The maharaja then instructed that Lakshmi Bai would rule as regent until the boy came of age. National Geographic, "India's warrior queen didn't back down from the British," 6 Oct. 2020 In 1842 the young Manikarnika married the much older Gangadhar Rao, the maharaja, or king, of Jhansi. National Geographic, "India's warrior queen didn't back down from the British," 6 Oct. 2020 Historians say the maharaja brought land ownership rights on the insistence of powerful Kashmiri Hindus. The Christian Science Monitor, "What India's new residency law means for Kashmiris," 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, "These Royal Homes Are Opening Their Doors for Travelers to Stay the Night," 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, "Q&A: India’s change to disputed Kashmir’s status," 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, "Q&A: India’s change to disputed Kashmir’s status," 6 Aug. 2019 The Quit Kashmir movement against the maharaja is launched. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A timeline of key events that shaped the unique identity of Kashmir within India," 5 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, "Q&A: India’s change to disputed Kashmir’s status," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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“Maharaja.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maharaja. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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maharaja

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English Language Learners Definition of maharaja

: a Hindu prince

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