from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The guardians of legal and religious tradition in Islam; clerics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A college or body composed of the hierarchy (the imams, or ministers of religion, the muftis, or doctors of law, and the cadis, or administrators of justice). That of Turkey alone now has political power; its head is the sheik ul Islam.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Moslem doctors of sacred law and theological science, especially those belonging to the religious hierarchy of the Turkish empire, with the Sheik ul Islam at their head: a collective term.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the body of Mullahs (Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law) who are the interpreters of Islam's sciences and doctrines and laws and the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community
Turkish 'ulemā, from Arabic 'ulamā', wise men, pl. of 'ālim, wise, learned, active participle of 'alima, to know; see ʿlm in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic علماء (‘ulamā’), plural of عالم (‘ālim) ‘learned one’. (Wiktionary)