from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A porter or bearer in certain Muslim countries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a porter in Turkey and other oriental countries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In Turkey and other Oriental countries, a porter or burden bearer; specif., in Western India, a palanquin bearer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A porter in Constantinople. Two hamals carry immense weights between them, suspended from poles supported on their shoulders.
Arabic ḥammāl, from ḥamala, to carry; see ḥml in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic حمال (Hammāl, "porter") (Wiktionary)