rangatira

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Maori.

Noun[edit]

rangatira (plural rangatiras)

  1. A hereditary Māori leader of a kinship group.

Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *ragatira.

Noun[edit]

rangatira

  1. chief, chieftain, chieftainess, though of lesser rank than an ariki (paramount chief)
  2. highborn person
  3. master, mistress
  4. leader, boss

Adjective[edit]

rangatira

  1. chiefly
  2. highborn
  3. high-ranking