mulla

mullah

[muhl-uh, mool-uh, moo-luh]
noun
1.
(in Islamic countries) a title of respect for a person who is learned in, teaches, or expounds the sacred law.
2.
(in Turkey) a provincial judge.
Also, mulla, mollah.


Origin:
1605–15; < Persian or Urdu mullā < Arabic mawlā; see maulvi

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mullah, mulla or mollah (ˈmʌlə, ˈmʊlə, ˈmʌlə, ˈmʊlə, ˈmɒlə)
 
n
(formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect
 
[C17: from Turkish molla, Persian and Hindi mulla, from Arabic mawlā master]
 
mulla, mulla or mollah
 
n
 
[C17: from Turkish molla, Persian and Hindi mulla, from Arabic mawlā master]
 
mollah, mulla or mollah
 
n
 
[C17: from Turkish molla, Persian and Hindi mulla, from Arabic mawlā master]

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mullah
title given in Muslim lands to one learned in theology and sacred law, 1613, from Turk. molla, Pers. and Urdu mulla, from Arabic mawla "master," from waliya "reigned, governed."
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