One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A maharaja's wife or widow.
- ‘His warm acknowledgements thank a maharani, two princesses, various lords and ladies and a host of worthwhile experts, but never mention the unacknowledged and unnamed photographers whose skill helped to make his book special.’
- ‘The Maharani's name is Chimna Bai Gaekwar, and she is the Prince's second wife.’
- ‘It is in the next generation that Moore's story really comes into its own, with the maharanis, rather than their husbands, in the foreground.’
- ‘Using the best local materials and reviving traditional techniques, Abu and Sandeep re-create an India of rajahs and maharanis for Bollywood and Hollywood's elite.’
- ‘In another section of the palace, are the rooms used by the maharanis of Bharatpur and Mysore.’
From Hindi mahārānī, from Sanskrit mahā ‘great’ + rājñī ‘rani’.
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