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[muhs-uh l-muh n]
noun, plural Mus·sul·mans.
  1. a Muslim.
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Origin of Mussulman

1555–65; < Persian Musulmān (plural) < Arabic Muslimūn, plural of Muslim Muslim
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Historical Examples

  • And when an angry Mussulman, belaboring his ass, called it "Jew!"

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • This is the reason why the fanatic Mussulman is absolutely indifferent to danger.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford

  • Why, very little will provoke a Mussulman when he has to deal with a Christian.

  • The Major calmly awaited the end with the fatalism of a Mussulman.

  • In plain truth, the Mussulman power in India had spent its force.

British Dictionary definitions for mussulman



noun plural -mans
  1. an archaic word for Muslim
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Word Origin

C16: from Persian Musulmān (pl) from Arabic Muslimūn, pl of Muslim
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Word Origin and History for mussulman



"a Muslim," 1560s, from Turkish musulman, from Persian musulman (adj.), from Arabic muslim (see Muslim) + adjective suffix -an.

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