[muhl-uh, moo l-uh, moo-luh] /ˈmʌl ə, ˈmʊl ə, ˈmu lə/

(in Islamic countries) a title of respect for a person who is learned in, teaches, or expounds the sacred law.
(in Turkey) a provincial judge.
/ˈmʌlə; ˈmʊlə/
(formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect

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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