Definition of nayaka in English:

nayaka

noun

Indian
  • A lead male role in dance or a romantic hero in drama.

    • ‘The anukula nayaka identified by the post-Bharata authors seems to be ‘Priya’.’
    • ‘A few of the bigger nayakas established almost independent rule in their respective territories from the later half of the 16th century.’
    • ‘The city's history is interwoven with the political fortunes of the pallavas, cholas, nayakas & the British.’

Origin

From Sanskrit nāyaka, from nī- ‘to lead’.

Pronunciation

nayaka

/ˈneɪjɑːkə/