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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

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)

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