Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The title borne by some Indian princes whose sovereignty is extensive.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sovereign prince in India; a Hindu prince or king in India ranking above a raja; -- a title given also to other persons of high rank.
- n. a great raja; a Hindu prince or king in India ranking above a raja
- From Hindi महा राजा (mahārāja), from Sanskrit mahārāja, compound of (mahat, "great") and राजन् (rājan, "king"). First used in English in 1698. (Wiktionary)
“The man Duke Ellington called the maharaja of the piano.”
“The palace of the maharaja is a noble building, but very ornate, and is furnished with the most tawdry and inappropriate French hangings and furniture.”
“The word "maharaja" conjures up the image of a turbaned, bejewelled ruler, fabulously wealthy, fabulously powerful.”
“She became the third wife of Sawai Man Singh, the "maharaja" or ruler of Jaipur, in”
“What was the punishment for speaking out against the maharaja?”
““I am the maharaja,” Kit said, “and the maharaja wants to know what happened that night.””
“When Imperial Britain divided India in 1947, the Hindu maharaja of Kashmir opted to join the new Indian Union.”
“What the maharaja were able to achieve with gems is simply extraordinary.”
“During first corporate, then colonial rule, the hundreds of independent hereditary rulers "maharaja," or "great king," was just one of the Indian titles were gradually stripped of their lands, then their powers, and finally a great many of their spectacular treasures.”
“The maharaja of Kashmir, who ruled from a palace overlooking the lake, submitted to British dominion, but insisted on one condition: that the occupiers and other non-natives refrain from putting up any fixed buildings in the state.”
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