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or ha·keem

noun (esp. in Muslim countries)
  1. a wise or learned man.
  2. a physician; doctor.
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Origin of hakim1

First recorded in 1575–85, hakim is from the Arabic word hakīm wise, wise man


  1. (in Muslim countries) a ruler; governor; judge.
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Origin of hakim2

First recorded in 1605–15, hakim is from the Arabic word hākim governor


or Ha·keem

  1. a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for hakim

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Historical Examples

  • I regard you as my hakim, and take this as medicine because you order it.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

  • No, my dear Hakim, if I marry at all, I will marry to be free.'


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The wilder the people we meet, the less likely they will be to interfere with a learned Hakim.

    In the Mahdi's Grasp

    George Manville Fenn

  • Would he have his head shaved like his Excellency the Hakim?

    In the Mahdi's Grasp

    George Manville Fenn

  • The Hakim then raised his head a little and turned to the Sheikh.

    In the Mahdi's Grasp

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for hakim



  1. a Muslim judge, ruler, or administrator
  2. a Muslim physician
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Word Origin

C17: from Arabic, from hakama to rule
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