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 mahārānī from Sanskrit mahārājñī mahā- great ; see meg- in Indo-European roots. rājñī queen ; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
- Wife of a maharajah, approximately, a queen consort.