[al-uh, ah-luh]

noun Islam.

the Supreme Being; God.

Origin of Allah

< Arabic Allāh, akin to ilāh god Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for allah

Contemporary Examples of allah

Historical Examples of allah

  • In the fire of last night the hand of Allah wrote their doom.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The great prophet of Allah, however, knew a good cat when he saw it.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • Let us not abandon the future of our race to the fatalism of Allah; let us create it ourselves!

  • Yes, we beheld the Hesperian light that day, and praised Allah.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • See him genuflecting now, to kiss the curbstone and thank Allah that he is free.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

British Dictionary definitions for allah



Islam the Muslim name for God; the one Supreme Being

Word Origin for Allah

C16: from Arabic, from al the + Ilāh god; compare Hebrew elōah
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Word Origin and History for allah


1702, Arabic name for the Supreme Being, from Arabic Allahu, contraction of al-Ilahu, from al "the" + Ilah "God," related to Hebrew Elohim.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

allah in Culture


The name for God, the Supreme Being, in the Arabic language; the common name for God in Islam.

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