Definitions

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

  • noun A religious teacher or leader, especially in Shiite practice.
  • noun Used as a form of address for such a teacher.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as molla.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See mollah.

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  • noun Islam A Muslim religious scholar and teacher

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of Islam; the head of a mosque

Etymologies

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

[Urdu mullā, from Persian, from Arabic mawlā, master, friend, from waliya, to become near, be in charge; see wly in Semitic roots.]

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From Turkish molla, Persian ملا, from Arabic مولى (mawla), ‘vicar’, ‘guardian’.

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