Word of the Day

Sunday, November 10, 2013

mufti

\MUHF-tee\ , noun;
1.
civilian clothes, in contrast with military or other uniforms, or as worn by a person who usually wears a uniform.
2.
a Muslim jurist expert in the religious law.
3.
(in the Ottoman Empire) a deputy of the chief Muslim legal adviser to the Sultan.
4.
(initial capital letter) Grand Mufti.
Quotes:
The men in mufti take the field in Goodbye Mexico, leaving behind the armed warriors and those who couldn't find where to get mufti.
-- Phillip Jennings, Goodbye Mexico, 2007
"Zdrastvuyte kak pozhivaete horosho spasibo" Entwistle rattled off in excellent imitation of Russian speech--and indeed he rather resembled a genial Tsarist colonel in mufti.
-- Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin, 1957
Origin:
Mufti came into English in the late 1500s from the Arabic word of the same pronunciation. The word literally meant a person who delivers a judgment. The sense of "civilian clothing" arises from the legal adviser being a civil official who did not wear military garb.
POWERED BY 4INFO
Get Word of the Day
Free Email Sign Up
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
About PRIVACY POLICY Terms Careers Advertise with Us Contact Us Our Blog Suggest a Word Help