Etymology
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mullah (n.)

title given in Muslim lands to one learned in theology and sacred law, 1610s, from Turkish molla, Persian and Urdu mulla, from Arabic mawla "master," from waliya "reigned, governed."

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Definitions of mullah

Mullah (n.)
a Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of Islam; the head of a mosque;
Synonyms: Mollah / Mulla
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