Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A believer in or adherent of Islam.
  • n. A member of the Nation of Islam; a Black Muslim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to believers of Islam.
  • n. A person who is a follower and believer of the Islamic faith.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See Moslem.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as Moslem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or supporting Islamism
  • n. a believer in or follower of Islam

Etymologies

Arabic muslim, one who surrenders, active participle of 'aslama, to surrender; see Islam.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic مُسْلِمٌ (múslimun, "one who submits"), the participle of أسْلَمَ (ʼáslama, "he submitted"), verb form IV from the triliteral root S-L-M "to be whole, intact". The related term إسْلامٌ (’islāmun) means literally "submission". In a religious sense, al-Islām translates to "faith, piety", and Muslim to "one who has (religious) faith or piety". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • MAJED MOUGHNI, MUSLIM ACTIVIST: And now we get this other terrorist that attempts to blow an airliner right over our heads, right over the heads largest Muslim population outside the Middle East, right over our heads.

    CNN Transcript Jan 10, 2010

  • And depending on muslim women's fertility rates (recently bouncing between 3. something and four per woman) AND taking into account the fact that hard figures on the actual makeup of the Muslim communities is difficult to assertain it's rather easy to see how the Muslims could scrape into majority status in France in Fifty years.

    Jerry Falwell: Romney's Mormonism "Will Not Be A Factor"

  • What does Russia do in the next decade, when it's predicted that over 40% of their conscripts will be avowed muslim youth, if they ever find it needfull to stand against another Muslim state?

    Jerry Falwell: Romney's Mormonism "Will Not Be A Factor"

  • The muslim population of the world have unity and collective voice ... an Iranian muslim considers a Gazan a brother just as a French Muslim would consider an Afghani Muslim a brother also.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • MAJED MOUGHNI, MUSLIM ACTIVIST:: And now, we get this other terrorist that attempts to blow an airliner right over our heads, right over the heads of the largest Muslim population outside of the middle east, right over our heads, and we are going to sit and watch?

    CNN Transcript Dec 30, 2009

  • ISMAIL YUSANTO, LEADER OF MUSLIM ORGANIZATION: We do not want anything from Obama except the realization of what he said -- mutual respect, mutual understanding and mutual interest between USA and Muslim world.

    CNN Transcript Jun 3, 2009

  • Those of you who have been paying any sort of attention (as opposed to knee-jerkingly jumping to Obama's defence without question) will know that to have a muslim father is to be deemed a Muslim in the Islamic tradition.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • MUKIT HOSSAIN, MUSLIM AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE: Well, certainly one of the problems that we've been facing is that the Barack Obama campaign seems to be keeping its distance from the Muslim community.

    CNN Transcript Sep 7, 2008

  • TAREK FATAH, MUSLIM CANADIAN CONGRESS: This is a wake-up call for the Muslim community and it is a wake-up call for all who repeat five times a day that any woman whose head is not covered is a sexual object.

    CNN Transcript Dec 12, 2007

  • MOHAMMED MAMDANI, MUSLIM YOUTH HELPLINE: Many young Muslims feel they're leading double lives because they have to behave a particular way within the Muslim community.

    CNN Transcript Sep 16, 2007

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