from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Christian subject under an Ottoman ruler.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of the tax-paying lower class of Ottoman society.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person not a Mohammedan, who pays the capitation tax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See Raya.
Turkish râya, from Arabic ra'īyah, subject, flock, from ra'ā, to pasture, feed; see rʿy in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Turkish reaya, from Arabic ra‘iyah (Wiktionary)