- 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
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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
- the parliament of Iran
- (in various N African and Middle Eastern countries) an assembly; council
from Persian: assembly
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Word Origin and History for majlis
Persian national assembly, 1821, from Arabic majlis "assembly," literally "session," from jalasa "he sat down."
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