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or ma·ha·ra·jah  (mä′hə-rä′jə, -zhə)
1. A king or prince in India ranking above a raja, especially the sovereign of one of the former native states.
2. Used as a title for such a king or prince.

[Sanskrit mahārājaḥ : mahā-, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + rājaḥ, king (variant of rājā, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots).]
Word History: The Sanskrit word mahārājaḥ, the source of our word maharaja, means "great king." The first element in this word, mahā- means "great," and it is related to Greek mega- and Latin magnus, both meaning the same thing as the Sanskrit. All three forms derive from Indo-European *meg-, "great." This root became *mik- in Germanic, where an adjective, *mikila-, "great," was formed from it. This became micel, pronounced (mĭ′chəl), in Old English. The Old English word survives today in much, shortened from Middle English muchel. In Old Norse, *mikila- became mikill, and in the north of England, the Norse word and a variant of the Old English word micel combined to give us the word mickle, nowadays most often heard in the expression (used by both William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser) mickle might, "much strength."
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maharaja - a great rajamaharaja - a great raja; a Hindu prince or king in India ranking above a raja
prince - a male member of a royal family other than the sovereign (especially the son of a sovereign)
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maharajah [ˌmɑːhəˈrɑːdʒə] nmaharaja m
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- which means "with speed" - to introduce embarrassment into an Irish regiment, "already half-mutinous, quartered among Sikh peasantry, all wearing miniatures of His Highness Dhulip Singh, Maharaja of the Punjab, next their hearts, and all eagerly expecting his arrival." Other information equally valuable was given him by his masters.
Talking about the petition filed by India in the United Nations after Pakistan's aggression, Ganju made it clear that it was strictly on the Pakistani hostility into Jammu and Kashmir with the lone argument of majority-Muslim presence there but it had already become a legal territory of India following the official consent of the Maharaja
Summary: Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], Aug 7 (ANI): The Kapurthala House, the palatial property of the late Maharaja of Kapurthala, will continue to be in the possession of the Punjab government and will function as the official residence of the Punjab Chief Minister in New Delhi, according to an order by the Delhi High Court.
It added that the original Roshnai Gate near the Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Badshahi Mosque was intact and should not be confused with the smaller gate.
Talking to the media on the occasion of 180th death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh at Gurdwara Dera Sahib, he said Maharaja Ranjeet Singh promoted religious harmony and mutual respect.
LAHORE -- A life-size sculpture of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will be unveiled on Thursday, June 27 outside the Sikh Gallery at Lahore Fort on the eve of his 180th death anniversary.
It was 1842 when Maharaja sent an army to Gilgit which succeeded in restoring power to ousted Raja.
MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge wants to change the game with Eco-innovation and is introducing electric dive boats, equipped with Torqeedo engines, for diving and snorkeling trips.
Portrait of Rani Jindan, Maharaja Ranjit Singh's wife, seated on a cushion.
And as the number of Indian restaurants in Paphos grows, he is behind one more: The Maharaja, hidden down a side road off Poseidonos Avenue, in a mostly residential (and somewhat shabby) side street in Kato Paphos.
Mumbai: Now Odisha is keen to have its own Super Luxurious Tourist trains styled in old Maharaja legacy following the steps of Rajasthan, Maharashtraand Karnataka.