Mameluke definition

mămə-lo͝ok
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.
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A member of a military caste, orig. made up of slaves, that ruled in Egypt from 1250 until 1517 and remained powerful until 1811
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In Muslim countries, a slave.
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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.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of mameluke - mamaluke, mameluk, mamluk, mamluke, mammaluke

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mameluke
Plural:
mamelukes

Origin of mameluke

  • French mameluk from Arabic mamlūk slave, Mameluke passive participle of malaka to possess mlk in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French mamelouk, ultimately from Arabic مملوك (mamlÅ«k, “slave") from ملك (málaka, “to possess, to acquire"), from the root Ù… Ù„ Ùƒ (m-l-k).

    From Wiktionary