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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of rani.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of rani.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as rani.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See rani.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (the feminine of raja) a Hindu princess or the wife of a raja

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  • "Fanny Duberly received an invitation from the Rao (ruler) of Burj when she accompanied her husband's regiment on campaign through India in 1858. As the only white woman with the column, she was an object of curiosity to the locals as much as they were to her. To her delight, she was invited into the ladies' apartments to meet the ranees (the rao's wives). 'I never saw such a profusion of jewellery in my life,' she marvelled...."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 195

    May 18, 2010