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mullah

[muhl-uh, moo l-uh, moo-luh] /ˈmʌl ə, ˈmʊl ə, ˈmu lə/
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 of mullah
1605-1615
1605-15; < Persian or Urdu mullā < Arabic mawlā; see maulvi
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  • In two minutes the mullah returned and threw a mat over the threshold.

  • No remarks on Somaliland would be complete without some mention of the mullah.

    Pan-Islam George Wyman Bury
  • The mullah exhorted them all to the greatest efforts, and declared that he would himself lead the assault.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • "That dhow is filled to overflowing with guns and ammunition for the mullah," he said.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
  • Then the mullah laid the mallet down and though King ached to pick it up and examine it he did not dare.

British Dictionary definitions for mullah

mullah

/ˈmʌlə; ˈmʊlə/
noun
1.
(formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect
Word Origin
C17: from Turkish molla, Persian and Hindi mulla, from Arabic mawlā master
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Word Origin and History for mullah
n.

title given in Muslim lands to one learned in theology and sacred law, 1610s, from Turkish molla, Persian and Urdu mulla, from Arabic mawla "master," from waliya "reigned, governed."

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