majlis

majlis

[mahj-lis]
noun, plural majlis. (in Islamic countries)
1.
a public audience held by a chieftain, monarch, or other ruler to listen to the requests of petitioners.
2.
a house of parliament, as in Iran.

Origin:
1815–25; < Arabic

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Majlis (ˈmædʒlɪs)
 
n
1.  the parliament of Iran
2.  (in various N African and Middle Eastern countries) an assembly; council
 
[from Persian: assembly]

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Majlis
Persian national assembly, 1821, from Arabic majlis "assembly," lit. "session," from jalasa "he sat down."
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