Definition of rangatira in English:

rangatira

noun

NZ
  • A Maori chief or noble.

    • ‘At this point I would like to acknowledge the new Maori rangatira in the National Party, the shadow Minister of Maori Affairs, Mr Gerry Brownlee.’
    • ‘They were the two rangatira of Parihaka, a peaceful village that sits between Mt Taranaki and the Tasman Sea.’
    • ‘But, first, I too would like to acknowledge the passing of our colleague the Rt Hon David Lange, rangatira of the people and a person who had the ability to embrace our nation.’
    • ‘Unapologetically hierarchical, the leader, or rangatira, is infallible.’
    • ‘Despite the protests of these rangatira, the Government insisted that the land had been sold.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation:

rangatira

/ˌraŋəˈtɪərə/