Meaning of rayah in English:

rayah

Pronunciation /ˈrʌɪə/

noun

(also raya)
historical
  • A subject of the Ottoman Empire (especially a non-Muslim) who is not a member of the ruling class, and is therefore liable to pay a poll tax.

Origin

Early 18th century. From colloquial Ottoman Turkish rāyā from raʿāyā, plural of Arabic raʿīya non-Muslim tax-paying subjects of the Ottoman Empire, specific use of raʿīya herd, flock from raʿā to pasture, feed.