Mahdi definition by Webster's New World
a Muslim messianic leader; esp., such a leader and prophet expected by Muslims to appear on earth before the world ends
Origin: Arabic mahdīy, one guided aright ; from hadā, to lead aright
Mahdi definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. Mah·dis Islam
- a. The messiah prophesied to appear at the world's end and establish a reign of peace and righteousness.b. In Shia belief, the 12th imam, who is expected to emerge from occlusion to fulfill this role.
- A person who claims to be or is seen as the messiah.
Origin: Arabic mahdī, rightly guided one, Mahdi, passive participle of hadā, to lead; see hdy in Semitic roots.
- Mahˈdism noun
- Mahˈdist noun