a Muslim teacher or interpreter of the religious law: a general title of respect for a learned man
Origin of mullahTurk, Pers, and 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 mullā from Persian from Arabic mawlā master, friend from waliya to become near, be in charge wly
From Turkish molla, Persian ملا, from Arabic مولى (mawla, “vicar, guardian”).