Last modified on 30 September 2013, at 01:37
From the root verb رأى (ra’ā), to behold. Originally رأية, a feminine of رأى "sight, perception", but "the Arabs prefer omitting [the hamza] ... and some say it has not been heard with ء." (Lane).
راية • (rāya) f, plural رايات (rāyāt)
- banner, ensign, an army's battle standard