- a member of a military class, originally composed of slaves, that seized control of the Egyptian sultanate in 1250, ruled until 1517, and remained powerful until massacred or dispersed by Mehemet Ali in 1811.
- (lowercase) (in Muslim countries) a slave.
Origin of Mameluke
Examples from the Web for mameluke
Seeing him like this, she understood better what the word Mameluke meant.
He tried to explain what a Mameluke was, and what code he lived by.
"Your master—Daoud the Mameluke—asked me to come here," Simon said.
Daoud underwent the training of a Mameluke, and Baibars watched him closely.
Once she and Lorenzo and this David—this Mameluke—were on the road, she could slip away.
Mamaluke Mamluk (ˈmæmluːk)
- a member of a military class, originally of Turkish slaves, ruling in Egypt from about 1250 to 1517 and remaining powerful until crushed in 1811
- (in Muslim countries) a slave
Word Origin and History for mameluke
Egyptian dynasty 1254-1517, originally a military unit comprised of Caucasian slaves, from Middle French mameluk and directly from Arabic mamluk "purchased slave," literally "possessed," from past participle of malaka "he possessed" (cf. Arabic malik, Hebrew melekh "king").