Mamluk

noun
Mam·​luk | \ ˈmam-ˌlük How to pronounce Mamluk (audio) \
variants: or Mameluke \ ˈma-​mə-​ˌlük How to pronounce Mameluke (audio) \

Definition of Mamluk

1 : a member of a politically powerful Egyptian military class occupying the sultanate from 1250 to 1517
2 often not capitalized : a white or east Asian slave in Muslim countries

First Known Use of Mamluk

circa 1506, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Mamluk

Arabic mamlūk, literally, slave

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