ra·​ja ˈrä-jə How to pronounce raja (audio)
variants or rajah
: an Indian or Malay prince or chief
: the bearer of a title of nobility among the Hindus

Examples of raja in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was the beginning of her lifelong love affair with horses, which led her to work as a groom for an Indian raja, or prince, to excel as a competitive horsewoman and to teach innumerable students the joy of riding. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Feb. 2018

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu rājā, from Sanskrit rājan king — more at royal

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of raja was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Raja.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raja. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or rajah
ˈräj-ə How to pronounce raja (audio)
: an Indian or Malay prince or chief

from Hindi and Urdu (the official language of Pakistan) rājā "prince, chief"

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