New Words: Rani

“The Rani did not live like other Indian princes. Instead of teetar-hunts, she endowed scholarships. Instead of hotel scandals, she had politics. And so the rumours began.”

from Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

rani
ra⋅ni /’rɑ:ni:/

noun

  1. (the feminine of raja) a Hindu princess or the wife of a raja
    syn: ranee

ORIGIN: From Hindustani रानी / رانی < Sanskrit राज्ञी (queen, princess).
Wait. What the hell’s a “teetar”?

…Ah. An internet search reveals that a teetar is a partridge. There are loads of you tube videos if you’re interested in that.

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One thought on “New Words: Rani

  1. You just reminded me of a made-up character out of the black-and-white ages, part of a madcap money-making scheme by Lucy (as in ‘I Love’) and her friend Ethyl: The Maharani of Frantistan.

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