Historical in India,
- the wife of a maharajah
- a princess ruling any of the chief states
Origin of maharaniHindi mah?r?n? ; from mah?, great (; from Sans: see magni-) + r?n?, queen
nounpl. ma·ha·ra·nis or ma·ha·ra·nees
- The wife of a maharajah.
- A princess in India ranking above a rani, especially the sovereign ruler of one of the former native states.
- Used as a title for such a woman.
Origin of maharaniHindi maharan&imacron;, from Sanskrit maharajñ&imacron; : maha-, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + rajñ&imacron;, queen; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
- Wife of a maharajah, approximately, a queen consort.