From the root verb رَأَى (raʾā, “to see”). Originally رَأْيَة (raʾya), a feminine of رَأْي (raʾy, “sight, perception”), but "the Arabs prefer omitting [the hamza] ... and some say it has not been heard with ء (ʾ, “hamza”)." (Lane).
- الراية (ar-rāya)
- Lane, Arabic-English Lexicon (1863), vol. I, p. 1001.