Origin: Turk, Pers, and amp; Hindi mulla from Arabic maulā, a master, sir
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also mul·lanoun Islam
- A male religious teacher or leader.
- Used as a form of address for such a man.
Origin: Urdu mullā, from Persian, from Arabic mawlā, master, friend, from waliya, to become near, be in charge; see wly in Semitic roots.
- mulˈlah·ism noun