- civilian clothes, in contrast with military or other uniforms, or as worn by a person who usually wears a uniform.
- a Muslim jurist expert in the religious law.
- (in the Ottoman Empire) a deputy of the chief Muslim legal adviser to the Sultan.
- (initial capital letter) Grand Mufti.
Origin of mufti
Examples from the Web for mufti
What he calls a “papery palace of stories” sustains identity and ties Mufti to place.
Mufti later describes the violence devastating his country as “a clash of civilizations inside Pakistan.”
It was easy to see that he was much more at home in mufti than in uniform.A Nest of Spies
I imagine your excellency has obtained a dispensation from the mufti?The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
But in vain the Mufti, and the Patriarch, and the Pope flout at your past traditions.The Young Duke
He'd expected his tone of authority to be enough, even though he was in mufti.Mercenary
Dallas McCord Reynolds
People passed in and out, but nobody spoke to the sailor in mufti.The Riddle of the Sands
- a Muslim legal expert and adviser on the law of the Koran
- (in the former Ottoman empire) the leader of the religious community
- civilian dress, esp as worn by a person who normally wears a military uniform
Word Origin and History for mufti
1580s, muphtie "official head of the state religion in Turkey," from Arabic mufti "judge," active participle of afta "to give," conjugated form of fata "he gave a (legal) decision" (cf. fatwa). Sense of "ordinary clothes (not in uniform)" is from 1816, of unknown origin, perhaps from mufti's costume of robes and slippers in stage plays, which was felt to resemble plain clothes.