ra·​ni | \ rä-ˈnē How to pronounce rani (audio) , ˈrä-ˌnē \
variants: or ranee

Definition of rani

: 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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First Known Use of rani

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rani

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

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“Rani.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rani. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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