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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
  • Despotism is in the mores of negro tribes, and of all Mohammedan peoples.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Damascus contains a Mohammedan mosque, called "the Synagogue of Damascus," a building of unequalled magnificence.

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

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • 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
  • Mohammedan theologians are as aware of this distinction as Christian ones.

  • 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
  • Like all great movements, the Mohammedan Revival is highly complex.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • These were collected into a volume shortly after his death, and make up the Koran, the Bible of the Mohammedan.

  • The Mohammedan world is ablaze with anger from end to end at the partition of Turkey.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for Mohammedan


noun, adjective
another word, formerly common in Western usage but never used among Muslims, for Muslim
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Mohammedan

see Mohammed. Related: Mohammedanism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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