Mam·​luk ˈmam-ˌlük How to pronounce Mamluk (audio)
variants or Mameluke
plural Mamluks or Mamelukes
: a member of a politically powerful Egyptian military class occupying the sultanate from 1250 to 1517
often not capitalized : a white or east Asian enslaved person in a Muslim country

Examples of Mamluk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Named after Egypt’s first Fatimid caliph in the 10th century, the street is lined with palaces, mosques, and monuments of Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk, and Ottoman rulers. Nada El Sawy, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Nov. 2023 Roman, Umayyad, Mamluk,Ottoman, British, and, among others, its future liberated state, with a robust network of trade and transportation. Curbed, 20 Oct. 2023 Instead, the objects clearly belonged to the period of the Islamic Mamluk sultanate. David M. Perry and Matthew Gabriele, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021

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Word History


Arabic mamlūk, literally, slave

First Known Use

circa 1506, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mamluk was circa 1506

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“Mamluk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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