Rai Definition

A form of popular Algerian music combining traditional Arabic vocal styles with various elements of popular Western music and featuring outspoken, often controversial lyrics.
American Heritage

A member of an ancient indigenous ethnolinguistic group of Nepal.


Origin of Rai

  • Algerian French raï perhaps from dialectal Arabic (ha er-)ray (here is the) view (frequently heard in the songs) from Arabic ra’y view from ra’ā to observe rℵy in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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