ra·​ja | \ ˈrä-jə How to pronounce raja (audio) , -(ˌ)jä, -zhə, -(ˌ)zhä \
variants: or rajah

Definition of raja

1 : an Indian or Malay prince or chief
2 : 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, "Britain to Bandera: A horsewoman’s journey from uppercrust to working class," 20 Feb. 2018 For example, the script originally featured a scene where Velma (Linda Cardellini) blatantly ogles Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), and the pair were later supposed to kiss, per director Raja Gosnell. Yohana Desta, VanityFair.com, "James Gunn Almost Gave the World a Rated-R Scooby-Doo with Sex Jokes and Cleavage," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of raja

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raja

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

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“Raja.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raja. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of raja

: a king or prince in India


variants: or rajah \ ˈrä-​jə \

Kids Definition of raja

: an Indian prince

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