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noun, adjective Archaic.
  1. Muslim(defs 1, 2).
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Origin of Mahometan

First recorded in 1520–30; Mahomet + -an
Related formsMa·hom·et·an·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for mahometan

Historical Examples

  • No one will deny that the Buddhist, the Mahometan, the Confucianist, have their grasp of truth.

    The Conquest of Fear

    Basil King

  • I was acquainted with several persons who had been in Mahometan captivity.

  • A Hindu will not eat with a Mahometan, and this was taken as a personal insult.


    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

  • The comboloio, or Mahometan rosary; the beads are in number ninety-nine.

  • In Sogdiana and Khorasan, they had become converts to the Mahometan faith.

British Dictionary definitions for mahometan


noun, adjective
  1. a name formerly in Western usage but never used among Muslims for the Muslim religion
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Derived FormsMahometanism, noun
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