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"Not a Queen, a Khaleesi."
Daenerys Targaryen[src]

Khaleesi is a Dothraki title referring to the wife of the khal. A khaleesi's status varies greatly from khalasar to khalasar. She could be very influential, riding next to the khal, or she could be worth practically less than the khal's horse, since the khal's bloodriders would sometimes share the khaleesi, but never share the khal's horse.

It is Dothraki tradition that if a khal dies, his khaleesi must retire to join the crones at Vaes Dothrak, known as the dosh khaleen. Daenerys Targaryen, however, refused to do this.

Known Khaleesi

In the books

According to the TV series official pronunciation guide developed for the cast and crew, "Khaleesi" is pronounced "Khal-EE-see". According to professional linguist David J. Peterson, however, who was hired to develop the Dothraki language for the TV series, it should be pronounced “KHAH-lay-see,” not “ka-LEE-see.”

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