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majlis

[mahj-lis] /ˈmɑdʒ lɪs/
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
1815-1825
1815-25; < Arabic
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Majlis

/ˈmædʒlɪs/
noun
1.
the parliament of Iran
2.
(in various N African and Middle Eastern countries) an assembly; council
Word Origin
from Persian: assembly
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Word Origin and History for majlis

Majlis

n.

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

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