Mahdi

noun
Mah·​di | \ ˈmä-dē How to pronounce Mahdi (audio) \

Definition of Mahdi

1 : the expected messiah of Muslim tradition
2 : a Muslim leader who assumes a messianic role

Other Words from Mahdi

Mahdism \ ˈmä-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce Mahdi (audio) \ noun
Mahdist \ ˈmä-​dist How to pronounce Mahdi (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of Mahdi

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Mahdi

Arabic mahdī, literally, one rightly guided

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“Mahdi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mahdi. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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