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 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 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 maharaja ultimately agreed, reluctantly, to join India, but on the very, very clear condition that Kashmir remain autonomous. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "A Kashmiri Novelist on a State Under Siege," 16 Aug. 2019 Mehbooba Mufti, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, said the decision in 1947 by the Hindu maharaja ruling what was then a kingdom to join the union of India had backfired. Washington Post, "India’s changes in Kashmir create long-term uncertainty," 9 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maharajah. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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maharaja

noun
How to pronounce maharaja (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of maharaja

: a Hindu prince

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