Definition of Rai Bahadur in English:

Rai Bahadur

(also Rae Bahadur, Rai Bahadour)

noun

  • The highest honorific title awarded to distinguished Indians in British India and the Republic of India.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Manual Titles North-Western Provinces. From Hindi rāy bahādur honorific title awarded in British India from rāy king, lord + bahādur bahadur, after Marathi rāo bahādur, itself after Persian khān bahādur.

Pronunciation

Rai Bahadur

/ˌrʌɪ bəˈhɑːdʊə/