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[moo-ham-i-dn, moh-] /mʊˈhæm ɪ dn, moʊ-/
of or relating to Muhammad or Islam; Islamic; Muslim.
an adherent of Islam; Muslim.
Origin of Mohammedan
1675-85; Mohammed + -an
Related forms
half-Mohammedan, adjective
non-Mohammedan, adjective, noun
pseudo-Mohammedan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Mohammedan
Historical Examples
  • It is no wonder that Mohammedan missionaries find it easy to convert the blacks of Africa.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • “I first mistook you for a Mohammedan,” she said to him once; and he assured her that she was not mistaken.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Damascus contains a Mohammedan mosque, called "the Synagogue of Damascus," a building of unequalled magnificence.

  • It is the Mohammedan Sabbath and was the day on which Adam was created.

  • Seizing pen and ink in feverish haste to get it over, Tynan wrote as the Mohammedan directed him.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • These Mohammedan people look upon the pig as an unclean beast.

    In the Mahdi's Grasp George Manville Fenn
  • From my window where I am writing I can see how insolent the attitude of this Mohammedan riffraff is becoming.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • Despotism is in the mores of negro tribes, and of all Mohammedan peoples.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • These were collected into a volume shortly after his death, and make up the Koran, the Bible of the Mohammedan.

  • Mohammedan women, if surprised when bathing, cover first the face.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for Mohammedan


noun, adjective
another word, formerly common in Western usage but never used among Muslims, for Muslim
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Word Origin and History for Mohammedan

see Mohammed. Related: Mohammedanism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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