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maulvi

[ moul-vee ]
/ ˈmaʊl vi /
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noun

(in India) an expert in Islamic law: used especially as a term of respectful address among Muslims.

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Also mol·vi [mohl-vee]; /ˈmoʊl vi/; mool·vee, mool·vi [mool-vee]; /ˈmul vi/; moul·vi [moul-vee] /ˈmaʊl vi/ .

Origin of maulvi

From Hindi maulvī, from Arabic mawlawī, equivalent to mawlā “master” + suffix of appurtenance; see mullah

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