maulvi

noun
maul·​vi
variants: or less commonly moulvi \ ˈmau̇lvē \ or moolvi \ ˈmül-​ \
plural maulvies or maulvis

Definition of maulvi

: a learned teacher or doctor of Islamic law used especially in India as a form of address for a learned Muslim who ministers to the religious needs of others

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History and Etymology for maulvi

Hindi maulvī, from Arabic mawlawī

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“Maulvi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maulvi. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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