[ muhl-uh, mool-uh, moo-luh ]

  1. (in Islamic countries) a title of respect for a person who is learned in, teaches, or expounds the sacred law.

  2. (in Turkey) a provincial judge.

Origin of mullah

1605–15; <Persian or Urdu mullā<Arabic mawlā;see maulvi

Words Nearby mullah Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mullah in a sentence

  • 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


mulla mollah (ˈmɒlə)

/ (ˈmʌlə, ˈmʊlə) /

  1. (formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect

Origin of mullah

C17: from Turkish molla, Persian and Hindi mulla, from Arabic mawlā master

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