Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Muslim man respected for his religious knowledge or scholarship.
  • noun Used as a courtesy title for such a leader or scholar.

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  • noun Islam title for a religious scholar

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Ultimately (partly via Persian and Urdu mawlānā) from Arabic, mawlānā : mawlā, master, friend; see mullah + -nā, our; see -n in Semitic roots.]

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From Arabic مولانا (mawlānā).

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