[ muhl-uh, moo l-uh, moo-luh ]
/ ˈmʌl ə, ˈmʊl ə, ˈmu lə /
(in Islamic countries) a title of respect for a person who is learned in, teaches, or expounds the sacred law.
(in Turkey) a provincial judge.
Also mul·la, mollah.
Origin of mullah
1605–15; < Persian or Urdu mullā < Arabic mawlā; see maulvi
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Examples from the Web for mullas
These Mullas danced; they crouched down in the dreadful cold, thinking to warm their hands at these uncountable fires.The Three Mulla-mulgars|Walter De La Mare
These last bear a good character for honesty and courage, but are slaves to the teachings of their mullas.The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir|Sir James McCrone Douie
British Dictionary definitions for mullas
mulla mollah (ˈmɒlə)
/ (ˈmʌlə, ˈmʊlə) /
(formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect
Word Origin for mullah
C17: from Turkish molla, Persian and Hindi mulla, from Arabic mawlā master
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