or um·ma


noun Islam.

the Islamic community.

Origin of ummah

1880–85; < Arabic: literally, nation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for umma

Contemporary Examples of umma

Historical Examples of umma

  • In the language of Islam, umma is the world community of Moslems, while wattan is the Motherland.

  • A Lagash force defeated the men of Umma, but appears to have done little more than hold in check their aggressive tendencies.

  • The Patesi of Umma was evidently determined to free, once and for all, his native state from the yoke of Lagash.

  • No doubt Nin-Girsu represented a school of theology which was associated with unpleasant memories in Umma.

British Dictionary definitions for umma



the Muslim community throughout the world

Word Origin for Ummah

from Arabic: community
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Word Origin and History for umma

"the Islamic community," founded by Muhammad and bound to one another by religious ties and obligations, 1855, from Arabic 'umma "people, community, nation."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper