hafiz definition by Webster's New World
a Muslim who has memorized the Koran: a title of honor
Origin: Arabic ḥāfiz, a person who remembers
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(born Shams-ud-Din Mohammed) 1325?-90?; Pers. lyric poet
hafiz definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One who has memorized the Koran.
- Used as a title of respect for such a person.
Origin: Arabic ḥāfiż, guardian, hafiz, active participle of ḥafiża, to guard, memorize; see ḥpị̄ in Semitic roots.
fl. 14th century.
Persian poet whose sensuous rhyming couplets, many of which concern love, wine, and nature, are traditionally interpreted allegorically by Sufic Muslims.