mallam

malam

noun Western African
  1. (in Islamic W Africa) a man learned in Koranic studies
  2. (in N Nigeria) a title and form of address for a learned or educated man

Word Origin for mallam

C20: from Hausa
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Historical Examples of mallam

  • As she looked, Dora passed by, and broad-shouldered young Mallam with her.

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    Anthony Hope

  • She thought Dora must be charming, since Mallam was in love with her.

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    Anthony Hope

  • She said nothing of Dora Hutting's good-fortune or of Mallam's good looks now.

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    Anthony Hope

  • He forecast complicated tragedies, and saw Mallam darkening his life wherever he turned.

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    Anthony Hope

  • Eva had been very wayward, full of admiration for Mr. Mallam, and on the strict defensive against Jeremy's approaches.

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    Anthony Hope