from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Islam A male religious teacher or leader.
- n. Islam Used as a form of address for such a man.
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- n. A Muslim religious scholar and teacher
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See mollah.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as molla.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of Islam; the head of a mosque
Urdu mullā, from Persian, from Arabic mawlā, master, friend, from waliya, to become near, be in charge; see wly in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish molla, Persian ملا, from Arabic مولى (mawla), ‘vicar’, ‘guardian’. (Wiktionary)