- a member of a military caste, orig. made up of slaves, that ruled in Egypt from 1250 until 1517 and remained powerful until 1811
- in Muslim countries, a slave
Origin of Mamelukeobs French mameluk ; from Arabic maml?k, slave, literally , one possessed ; from malaka, to possess
A member of a former military caste, originally composed of slaves from Turkey, that held the Egyptian throne from about 1250 until 1517 and remained powerful until 1811.
Origin of MamelukeFrench mameluk, from Arabic maml&umacron;k, slave, Mameluke, passive participle of malaka, to possess; see mlk in Semitic roots.
- 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.