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A.Word.A.Day--maharajah

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maharajah or maharaja (ma-ha-ra-juh, -zhuh) noun

1. A king or prince in India ranking above a rajah, especially the sovereign of one of the former native states.

2. Used as a title for such a king or prince.

[Hindi maharaja, from Sanskrit : maha-, great, + raja, king]

"Two models wore the land Rover badge of the British maker famous for supplying state-of-the-art 4x4 trucks to customers ranging from maharajahs to military commanders." Sherman, Don, Masters of mobility, Popular Science, 1 Oct 1995.

This week's theme: loanwords from Hindi and Sanskrit.

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