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mufti

[ muhf-tee ]
/ ˈmʌf ti /
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noun, plural muf·tis.

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.

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Origin of mufti

First recorded in 1580–90, mufti is from the Arabic word muftī literally, “a person who delivers a judgment,” originally a Muslim legal adviser; sense of def. 1 arises from the legal adviser being a civil official
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British Dictionary definitions for mufti (1 of 2)

mufti1
/ (ˈmʌftɪ) /

noun plural -tis

a Muslim legal expert and adviser on the law of the Koran
(in the former Ottoman empire) the leader of the religious community

Word Origin for mufti

C16: from Arabic muftī, from aftā to give a (legal) decision

British Dictionary definitions for mufti (2 of 2)

mufti2
/ (ˈmʌftɪ) /

noun plural -tis

civilian dress, esp as worn by a person who normally wears a military uniform

Word Origin for mufti

C19: perhaps from mufti 1
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