- (formerly) a ruling prince in India, especially of one of the major states.
- any of various Indian princes, esp any of the rulers of the former native states
n.also maharaja, 1690s, from Hindi, “great king,” from Sanskrit maha “great” (from PIE root *meg- “great;” see magnate) + rajan “king” (see rajah). The fem. equivalent is maharani (1855).