Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of a military regime created and run originally by freed white slaves, which formed a ruling caste in Egypt from 1250 until 1812 and in Syria until 1516.
  • n. A slave (especially white) in a Muslim country.

Etymologies

From French mamelouk, ultimately from Arabic مملوك (mamluk, "slave")from ملك (málaka, "to possess, to acquire") (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.