mufti

noun (1)
muf·​ti | \ ˈməf-tē How to pronounce mufti (audio) , ˈmu̇f- How to pronounce mufti (audio) \

Definition of mufti

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a professional jurist who interprets Muslim law

mufti

noun (2)
muf·​ti | \ ˈməf-tē How to pronounce mufti (audio) \

Definition of mufti (Entry 2 of 2)

: ordinary dress as distinguished from that denoting an occupation or station a priest in mufti especially : civilian clothes when worn by a person in the armed forces

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In the Islamic tradition, a mufti is a professional jurist who interprets Muslim law. When religious muftis were portrayed on the English stage in the early 19th century, they typically wore costumes that included a dressing gown and a tasseled cap—an outfit that some felt resembled the clothing preferred by the off-duty military officers of the day. The clothing sense of mufti, which first appeared in English around that same time, is thought to have developed out of this association of stage costume and civilian clothing.

First Known Use of mufti

Noun (1)

1586, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mufti

Noun (1)

Arabic muftī

Noun (2)

probably from mufti entry 1

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“Mufti.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mufti. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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