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  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete A slave (especially white) in a Muslim country.

Etymologies

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

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