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.

Nearby words

  1. mauldin, bill,
  2. maulers,
  3. maulid,
  4. maulmain,
  5. maulstick,
  6. mauman,
  7. maumee,
  8. maumet,
  9. maun,
  10. mauna kea

Also molvi, moolvee, moolvi, moulvi.

Origin of maulvi

< Hindi maulvī < Arabic mawlawī, equivalent to mawlā master (see mullah) + suffix of appurtenance

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