[ soo-fee ]
/ ˈsu fi /

noun, plural Su·fis.

a member of an ascetic, mystical Muslim sect.


of or relating to Sufis or Sufism.

Origin of Sufi

< Arabic Ṣūfī, perhaps equivalent to ṣūf wool + suffix of appurtenance; so called from their garb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sufi


/ (ˈsuːfɪ) /

noun plural -fis

an adherent of any of various Muslim mystical orders or teachings, which emphasize the direct personal experience of God
Derived FormsSufic, adjective

Word Origin for Sufi

C17: from Arabic sūfīy, literally: (man) of wool, from sūf wool; probably from the ascetic's woollen garments
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Word Origin and History for sufi


member of a Muslim mystical order, 1650s (earlier Sufian, 1580s), from Arabic sufi, literally "man of wool" (i.e., "man wearing woolen garments"), from suf "wool." So-called from the habit of "putting on the holy garment" (labs-as-suf) to devote oneself to mysticism.

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