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[muhl-uh, moo l-uh, moo-luh]
  1. (in Islamic countries) a title of respect for a person who is learned in, teaches, or expounds the sacred law.
  2. (in Turkey) a provincial judge.
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Also mul·la, mollah.

Origin of mullah

1605–15; < Persian or Urdu mullā < Arabic mawlā; see maulvi
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Historical Examples

  • 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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for mullas


mulla mollah (ˈmɒlə)

  1. (formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect
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Word Origin

C17: from Turkish molla, Persian and Hindi mulla, from Arabic mawlā master
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Word Origin and History for mullas



title given in Muslim lands to one learned in theology and sacred law, 1610s, from Turkish molla, Persian and Urdu mulla, from Arabic mawla "master," from waliya "reigned, governed."

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