[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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