plural -s
: an authoritative interpreter of the religious law of Islam
especially : a living religious teacher that is recognized by the Shiʽa as competent to exercise private judgment in formulating authoritative answers to legal questions

Word History


Arabic, one who exerts himself

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near mujtahid

Cite this Entry

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!