One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Hindu queen.
- ‘The brothers are now working on a view of the cultural scene in a palace - the raja playing the sitar, the rani dancing.’
- ‘When her fort was under siege by the British, the rani escaped from the besieged fort in disguise, reminiscent of Shivaji's escape from Aurangzeb's imprisonment.’
- ‘The rajas, ranis, peshwas and nawabs had their own cohorts, extended to include the mutinous sepoys.’
From Hindi rānī, Sanskrit rājñī, feminine of rājan ‘king’.
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