nounpl. ra·yahs, or rayah also ra·yas or raya
A subject of the Ottoman Empire. Used especially of non-Muslims.
Origin of rayahColloquial Ottoman Turkish rāyā variant of Ottoman Turkish re'āyā (Modern Turkish reaya ) from Arabic ra'āyā pl. of ra'īya herd, flock, subject, rayah from ra'ā to pasture, feed r&ayin;y