Origin of mullahTurk, Pers, and amp; Hindi mulla ; from Arabic maul?, a master, sir
- A religious teacher or leader, especially in Shiite practice.
- Used as a form of address for such a teacher.
Origin of mullahUrdu mulla, from Persian, from Arabic mawla, master, friend, from waliya, to become near, be in charge; see wly in Semitic roots.
From Turkish molla, Persian ملا, from Arabic مولى (mawla, “vicar, guardian”).