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noun (esp. in Muslim countries)
  1. a wise or learned man.
  2. a physician; doctor.

Origin of hakim1

First recorded in 1575–85, hakim is from the Arabic word hakīm wise, wise man


or Ha·keem

  1. a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for hakeem

Historical Examples

  • And Besso needs no hakeem, or you would not be here, my Rose of Sharon.'


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • All her love for him rises within her, and she hails him “Hakeem!”

  • Well, your Excellency, I met this hakeem in the streets of London.

  • "So that a man's life is an unsolvable riddle to all but himself," concurred the hakeem.

    Tales of Destiny

    Edmund Mitchell

  • Djabal, horror-stricken at what she has done, confesses to her that he is no Hakeem, but a mere man.

British Dictionary definitions for hakeem



  1. a Muslim judge, ruler, or administrator
  2. a Muslim physician

Word Origin

C17: from Arabic, from hakama to rule
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Word Origin and History for hakeem

1580s, physician in Arab countries, from Arabic hakim "wise," from stem of hakuma "he was wise;" whence also hakam "judge," hikmah "wisdom, science."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper