Variant of mufti
noun pl. muftis
- in Muslim countries, an interpreter or expounder of religious law
- ordinary clothes, esp. when worn by one who normally wears, or has long worn, a military or other uniform
Origin: Ar, one who gives a decisive response < āftā, to judge; muftisense ? in allusion to the Muslimlike dressing gown and tasseled cap worn by an officer off duty in the early 19th c.
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