from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of Maratha.
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- n. Alternative form of Maratha.
- proper n. Alternative form of Maratha.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a numerous people inhabiting the southwestern part of India. Also, the language of the Mahrattas; Mahrati. It is closely allied to Sanskrit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a race of Hindus inhabiting western and central India, who in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries conquered and ruled many states, of which they formed a confederation, but which are now largely under British rule.
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- n. a member of a people of India living in Maharashtra
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It was what men call a Mahratta _laonee_, and it said: ---
I undertook no part of the Persian; but, instead thereof, engaged in translating it into Maharastra, commonly called the Mahratta language, the person who assists me in the Hindostani being a Mahratta.
Ragoba, however, found means not only to pay his troops, but to buy off some of the chiefs of the hostile confederacy; and then he and his English allies marched upon Poona, which was a kind of Mahratta capital.
This, however, was no unwonted mood of passion with Darsie Latimer, upon whom Cupid was used to triumph only in the degree of a Mahratta conqueror, who overruns a province with the rapidity of lightning, but finds it impossible to retain it beyond a very brief space.
Wellesley at the head of the 19th Dragoons charging the Mahratta
Excellency, despising the Mahratta chieftain, had allowed him to advance about two thousand miles in his front, and knew not in the slightest degree where to lay hold on him.
‘And who is that?’ the Mahratta asked, glancing sideways nervously.
In two hours several telegrams had reached the angry minister of a southern State reporting that all trace of a somewhat bruised Mahratta had been lost; and by the time the leisurely train halted at Saharunpore the last ripple of the stone Kim had helped to heave was lapping against the steps of a mosque in far-away Roum — where it disturbed a pious man at prayers.
At Bandakui, where lives one of Us, I thought to slip the scent by changing my face, and so made me a Mahratta.
From the South — God knows how far — came up the Mahratta, playing the Great Game in fear of his life.