Rani is really my name. The definition is pasted below. Click the link and turn on your sound, and you will hear how to pronounce it. There are 2 ways to pronounce my name. When I was a baby, my mother preferred the first pronunciation, but my grandma called me Rani Kaye, using the 2nd pronunciation. In 7th grade (when we moved to a new town … again …) I introduced myself using the 2nd pronunciation exclusively, and that was the end of teachers calling me “Rainy” or “Renee”.
So, click on the link, and hit the little sound icons. The first pronunciation is difficult to master if your brain is Americanized, and even my mother now uses the second pronunciation, so that’s the one I answer best to. (BTW, it sounds like this: RAAAH knee.) (soft “a” as in father)
And here is the definition:
Hindi & Urdu rānī, from Sanskrit rājñī, feminine of rājan king — more at royal
: a Hindu queen : a rajah’s wife