• WordNet 3.6
    • n Mahratta a member of a people of India living in Maharashtra
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Mahratta A Sanskritic language of western India, prob. descended from the Maharastri Prakrit, spoken by the Marathas and neighboring peoples. It has an abundant literature dating from the 13th century. It has a book alphabet nearly the same as Devanagari and a cursive script translation between the Devanagari and the Gujarati.
    • n Mahratta One of a numerous people inhabiting the southwestern part of India. Also, the language of the Mahrattas; Mahrati. It is closely allied to Sanskrit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Mahratta One of a race of Hindus inhabiting western and central India, who in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries conquered and ruled many states, of which they formed a confederation, but which are now largely under British rule. They are Brahmans in religion, but differ physically from other Hindus, and have a distinct Hindu dialect, the Mahratti (Marathi).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mahratta ma-rat′a one of a once powerful race of Hindus in Western and Central India.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. Marhatā, Marhāttā, the name of a famous Hindoo race, from the old Skr. name Mahā-rāshtra,


In literature:

It was chiefly from the Mahrattas that Hastings anticipated danger.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Some idea may be formed of the Mahratta army, when the Peishwa at times brought 100,000 horse into the field.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
At sunset we were off Ratnagiri, an ancient Mahratta fort connected with the mainland only by a narrow sandy neck.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The town has a station on the Southern Mahratta railway.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
The west of the district is served by the Southern Mahratta railway.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Raja Sahib learned that the Mahrattas were in motion, and it was necessary for him to be expeditious.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
In 1733 the peshwa of Poona invaded Bundelkhand; and in 1735 the Mahrattas had established their power in Saugor.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
With only 4500 troops at his disposal he completely routed the Mahratta force of 50,000 men and 100 guns.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The other was the rise and rapid growth of the Mahratta power.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
The town is situated nearly 2500 ft. above sea-level; it has a station on the Southern Mahratta railway, 245 m. S. of Poona.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various

In poetry:

Roused his Secretariat to a fine Mahratta fury,
By an Order hinting at supervision of dasturi;
Turned the State of Kolazai very nearly upside-down;
When the end of May was night waited his achievement's crown.
"The Legend of the Foreign Office" by Rudyard Kipling