ra·​ni rä-ˈnē How to pronounce rani (audio)
variants or ranee
: a Hindu queen : a raja's wife

Examples of rani in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His descendants have never received government recognition as members of the rani of Jhansi’s family. National Geographic, 6 Oct. 2020 The rani rallied her defenders to hold out against a relentless bombardment, returning fire with heavy guns of their own and rebuilding walls, but after two weeks the British broke through. National Geographic, 6 Oct. 2020 The East India Company refused to believe the rani had no hand in the tragedy. National Geographic, 6 Oct. 2020 Her principal collaborator is her daughter, Devika Bhise, who helped mom and Olivia Emden write the script and who plays the rani (or queen). Mark Jenkins, Houston Chronicle, 13 Nov. 2019

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu rānī, from Sanskrit rājñī, feminine of rājan king — more at royal

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rani was in 1673

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Cite this Entry

“Rani.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rani. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or ranee
: a Hindu queen : a raja's wife
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