[moo-ham-uh d, -hah-muh d]
  1. Also Mohammed, Mahomet. a.d. 570–632, Arab prophet: founder of Islam.
  2. ElijahElijah Poole, 1897–1975, U.S. clergyman: leader of the Black Muslims 1934–75.
  3. a male given name.

Mohammed II

or Muhammad II

  1. the Conqueror, 1430–81, sultan of Turkey 1451–81: conqueror of Constantinople 1453. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of muhammad

Historical Examples of muhammad

  • The Traditions contain the record of all that Muhammad did and said.

  • The Khalf Omar says this verse was extant in Muhammad's life-time but that it is now lost.

  • This probably refers to the possession by the Imm of the "light of Muhammad."

  • Thus in various ways was the revelation made known to Muhammad.

  • Muhammad said: "The first thing which God created was my light, and my spirit."

British Dictionary definitions for muhammad


  1. ?570–632 ad, the prophet believed by Muslims to be the channel for the final unfolding of God's revelation to mankind: popularly regarded as the founder of Islam. He began to teach in Mecca in 610 but persecution forced him to flee with his followers to Medina in 622. After several battles, he conquered Mecca (630), establishing the principles of Islam (embodied in the Koran) over all Arabia

Mohammed II

  1. ?1430–81, Ottoman sultan of Turkey (1451–81). He captured Constantinople (1453) and conquered large areas of the Balkans
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Word Origin and History for muhammad


1610s, Mohammed, Arabic masc. proper name, literally "the Praiseworthy," name of the prophet of Islam (c.570-632). The earliest forms of his name in English were Mahum, Mahimet (c.1200); originally also used confusedly for "an idol." Wyclif has Macamethe (c.1380), and Makomete also turns up in 14c. documents. Mahomet was common until 19c.; cf. Mohammed.

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muhammad in Culture


The Arab founder of Islam, Muhammad is held by Muslims to be the chief prophet of God. He was born in Mecca (see also Mecca). Muslims believe that the Koran was dictated to him by an angel sent from God.

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