[muhz-lim, moo z-, moo s-]


of or relating to the religion, law, or civilization of Islam.

noun, plural Mus·lims, Mus·lim.

an adherent of Islam.

Also Moslem, Muslem (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of Muslim

< Arabic, literally, a person who submits. See Islam

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British Dictionary definitions for muslim



noun plural -lims or -lim

a follower of the religion of Islam


of or relating to Islam, its doctrines, culture, etc
Derived FormsMuslimism or Moslemism, noun old-fashioned, derogatory

Word Origin for Muslim

C17: from Arabic, literally: one who surrenders

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Word Origin and History for muslim


1610s (n.), 1777 (adj.), from Arabic muslim "one who submits" (to the faith), from root of aslama "he resigned." Related to Islam.

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