[ muhf-tee ]
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noun,plural muf·tis.
  1. civilian clothes, in contrast with military or other uniforms, or as worn by a person who usually wears a uniform.

  2. a Muslim jurist expert in the religious law.

  1. (in the Ottoman Empire) a deputy of the chief Muslim legal adviser to the Sultan.

  2. (initial capital letter) Grand Mufti.

Origin of mufti

First recorded in 1580–90, mufti is from the Arabic word muftī literally, “a person who delivers a judgment,” originally a Muslim legal adviser; sense of def. 1 arises from the legal adviser being a civil official

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British Dictionary definitions for mufti (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmʌftɪ) /

nounplural -tis
  1. a Muslim legal expert and adviser on the law of the Koran

  2. (in the former Ottoman empire) the leader of the religious community

Origin of mufti

C16: from Arabic muftī, from aftā to give a (legal) decision

British Dictionary definitions for mufti (2 of 2)


/ (ˈmʌftɪ) /

nounplural -tis
  1. civilian dress, esp as worn by a person who normally wears a military uniform

Origin of mufti

C19: perhaps from mufti 1

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