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[muhz-lim, moo z-, moo s-] /ˈmʌz lɪm, ˈmʊz-, ˈmʊs-/
of or relating to the religion, law, or civilization of Islam.
noun, plural Muslims, Muslim.
an adherent of Islam.
Also, Moslem, Muslem (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of Muslim
< Arabic, literally, a person who submits. See Islam
Related forms
half-Muslim, adjective
non-Muslim, adjective, noun, plural non-Muslims, non-Muslim.
pre-Muslim, adjective, noun
pro-Muslim, adjective, noun
pseudo-Muslim, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • But Habeebah had remained a Muslim, and she was for calling the Imam.

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  • To thee I need no excuse if thou'lt but remember that like thyself I was not born a Muslim.

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  • A Muslim marriage is not binding upon a Christian, and I shall account it no marriage.

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  • Then deliberately and after the fashion of the Muslim he was become he spat upon it.

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  • When his galley was captured by Muslim corsairs he took the only way of escape that offered.

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British Dictionary definitions for Muslim


/ˈmʊzlɪm; ˈmʌz-/
noun (pl) -lims, -lim
a follower of the religion of Islam
of or relating to Islam, its doctrines, culture, etc
Derived Forms
(old-fashioned, derogatory) Muslimism, Moslemism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic, literally: one who surrenders
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Word Origin and History for Muslim

1610s (n.), 1777 (adj.), from Arabic muslim "one who submits" (to the faith), from root of aslama "he resigned." Related to Islam.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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