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Priya is the Sanskrit word (Priyā female and Priya male)[1] for "dear, beloved" (cognate to English free, see Frige (Anglo-Saxon goddess)). It is a common given name in India, Nepal and some countries in Europe.


Fictional characters[edit]

  • Priya Kapoor, fictional character from the Australian television soap opera Neighbours
  • Priya Koothrappali, recurrent character on The Big Bang Theory
  • Priya Sharma, fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Fiona Wade, previously Effie Woods



  • Priya (film), a 1978 Tamil film directed by S.P. Muthuraman
  • Priya Amar Jaan (earlier titled 'Tomari Chilam Tomari Achi'), is a Bangladeshi romance film
  • Priya O Priya, a 1997 Tollywood film starring Abbas, Simran and Naveen in lead roles