[ mahj-lis ]
/ ˈmɑdʒ lɪs /

noun, plural maj·lis. (in Islamic countries)

a public audience held by a chieftain, monarch, or other ruler to listen to the requests of petitioners.
a house of parliament, as in Iran.

Origin of majlis

Borrowed into English from Arabic around 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for majlis

  • The meal was served in the majlis on a large copper tray sent from the upper apartments.

    Travels in Arabia|Bayard Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for majlis

/ (ˈmædʒlɪs) /


the parliament of Iran
(in various N African and Middle Eastern countries) an assembly; council

Word Origin for Majlis

from Persian: assembly
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