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majlis

[mahj-lis]
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noun, plural maj·lis. (in Islamic countries)
  1. a public audience held by a chieftain, monarch, or other ruler to listen to the requests of petitioners.
  2. a house of parliament, as in Iran.
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Origin of majlis

Borrowed into English from Arabic around 1815–25
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  • The meal was served in the majlis on a large copper tray sent from the upper apartments.

    Travels in Arabia

    Bayard Taylor


British Dictionary definitions for majlis

Majlis

noun
  1. the parliament of Iran
  2. (in various N African and Middle Eastern countries) an assembly; council
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Word Origin

from Persian: assembly
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Word Origin and History for majlis

Majlis

n.

Persian national assembly, 1821, from Arabic majlis "assembly," literally "session," from jalasa "he sat down."

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