(in Islamic countries) a title of respect for a person who is learned in, teaches, or expounds the sacred law.
(in Turkey) a provincial judge.
- Also mulla, mollah.
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How to use mullah in a sentence
Then, it was the arrest of a popular leader named mullah Kareem without just cause that provided the spark.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The defense minister of this short-lived republic was mullah Mustafa Barzani, the Iraqi-born father of Masoud Barzani.
And the third was mullah Adahdad, 45, an unarmed cleric who was attacked with a grenade and gunned down by several soldiers.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See | Andrew Romano | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As the platoon was leaving the compound, they came across a local: mullah Adahdad.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See | Andrew Romano | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A mullah at Tehran University told Iranians on official TV that Jews use jinns, or genies, for espionage.
He would kill Henry Falkins here and now, and then go down like a mad mullah, satisfied to pay the penalty with his own life.The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
He made Kim learn whole chapters of the Koran by heart, till he could deliver them with the very roll and cadence of a mullah.Kim | Rudyard Kipling
Just before they entered it two more of the mullah's men came up with them, leading horses.
King nodded again, for a nod is less committal than a word; and the nod was enough to start the mullah off again.
The mullah snorted and went back to the fire, but he took King's cake of soap with him and sat examining it.
British Dictionary definitions for mullah
(formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect
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