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[moo-ham-i-dn, moh-]
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  1. of or relating to Muhammad or Islam; Islamic; Muslim.
  1. an adherent of Islam; Muslim.

Origin of Mohammedan

First recorded in 1675–85; Mohammed + -an
Related formshalf-Mo·ham·med·an, adjectivenon-Mo·ham·med·an, adjective, nounpseu·do-Mo·ham·med·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for mohammedan

Historical Examples

  • The Yorubas are a warlike Mohammedan tribe living in and around Lagos.

    The History of the First West India Regiment

    A. B. Ellis

  • “I first mistook you for a Mohammedan,” she said to him once; and he assured her that she was not mistaken.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • I looked out, and saw a pious Mohammedan hastening to prayer.

  • It is the Mohammedan Sabbath and was the day on which Adam was created.

  • He had been born a Mohammedan, but secretly she brought him up as a Jew.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for mohammedan


noun, adjective
  1. another word, formerly common in Western usage but never used among Muslims, for Muslim
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mohammedan


see Mohammed. Related: Mohammedanism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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