I'm very new to GoT and I'm still struggling to put the characters together. When her handmaiden is teaching Daenerys how to please her hew husband she called her something - "Ceici"?

Where does this name come from?

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    Not sure what you're getting at. Are you talking about her title of "Khaleesi"?
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 13:26
  • Which episode was this?
    – Tom77
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 13:54
  • @Tom77 S1E2 I believe
    – Liath
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 14:25

2 Answers 2


Doreah and the rest of the hand maidens and Dothraki call Daenerys "Khaleesi", since she is the wife of Khal Drogo. It roughly means queen in the Dothraki language.


A khaleesi is a wife of the khal. This does not roughly translate to queen, since the khal is a warlord or a commander. The title is an act of respect, as is ser or lady in westeros.

  • no, the question here is where the word comes from. the flagged answer assumes an incorrect assumption that khaleesi means queen. Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 14:36
  • Khal does translate into "king" as seen in phrases used degrade Viserys (Khal Rhae Mhar = Sore Foot King, and Khal Rhaggat = Cart King). So, I believe the accepted answer is correct. What else is a queen besides "the wife of a king" in a time/culture where Queens have no ruling power.
    – Skooba
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 15:58

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