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/ˈmælæm; -əm/
noun (W African)
(in Islamic W Africa) a man learned in Koranic studies
(in N Nigeria) a title and form of address for a learned or educated man
Word Origin
C20: from Hausa
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  • She thought Dora must be charming, since mallam was in love with her.

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  • As she looked, Dora passed by, and broad-shouldered young mallam with her.

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  • She said nothing of Dora Hutting's good-fortune or of mallam's good looks now.

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  • He forecast complicated tragedies, and saw mallam darkening his life wherever he turned.

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  • Eva had been very wayward, full of admiration for Mr. mallam, and on the strict defensive against Jeremy's approaches.

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  • She will use any weapon in this campaign, and an ardent admiration for Mr. mallam was a very useful weapon to Eva Raymore.

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  • They had a little party, for all the Raymores joined them, and young mallam was there also, their guest for the night.

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  • Amongst other notable people we called upon, was the mallam of Dedaure.

  • They found here mallam Dendow, a cousin of Bello, very old and feeble.

    Great African Travellers W.H.G. Kingston
  • We also paid a few visits to local notables, chief amongst whom is the mallam Mohammed.

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