or u·le·ma

[ oo-luh-mah ]
/ ˈu ləˌmɑ /

plural noun Islam.

the doctors of Muslim religion and law.

Words nearby ʿulama

Origin of ʿulama

First recorded in 1680–90, ʿulama is from the Arabic word ʿulamā learned men
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British Dictionary definitions for ulama (1 of 2)



/ (ˈuːlɪmə) /


a body of Muslim scholars or religious leaders
a member of this body

Word Origin for ulama

C17: from Arabic `ulamā scholars, from `alama to know

British Dictionary definitions for ulama (2 of 2)

/ (ˌuːˈlɑːmə) /


a Meso-American team ball game, with a history dating back to as early as 1500 bc, played with a solid rubber ball on a long narrow court

Word Origin for ulama

from Nahuatl Ullamalitztli ball game
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