Definition of moulvi in English:


nounplural noun moulvis

(also maulvi)
  • A Muslim doctor of law; an imam.

    ‘A maulvi here or a madrasa student there might have been arrested on some charges, but how can you blame the madrasa to which he belongs, or the madrasas as a whole, for that matter?’
    • ‘He would have been beheaded along with the other prisoners, had it not been for the intercession of Tipu's mother and her maulvi.’
    • ‘My father's non-Muslim friends recount proudly incidents and anecdotes of maulvis and madrasas much in the same manner as we remember our school and teachers.’
    • ‘Some maulvis attached to madrasas have attempted to start dialogue efforts.’
    • ‘The planned mosque will be a proper one with minarets and with a woman moulvi who is well versed in the Quran and the tenets of Islam.’
    • ‘The infomercial used terrific Urdu, mixed with a muezzin's call playing subtly in the background and actual maulvis in the foreground.’
    • ‘Benazir Bhutto's leadership was challenged by a maulvi in Pakistan on the basis of this hadith.’
    • ‘A moulvi, or knowledgeable one, is present at all ceremonies and formally asks the bride and groom whether they accept each other in matrimony.’
    • ‘Beside me sat a pair of heavily bearded maulvis in indigo-blue jallaba shifts.’
    • ‘Why were the maulvis held for two days and freed without any charges framed against them?’
    • ‘Their madrassa had a good maulvi who told her that the madrassa can bring up orphans but her mama would not let them go there because of what people would say.’
    • ‘Behind the mosque's central arch was a carved marble balcony, where in better days a maulvi had stood to address the assembled villagers.’
    • ‘Born in Mughalsarai, in a Kayasth family of modest means, he studied first with a maulvi.’



/ˈmo͞olvē/ /ˈmulvi/


From Urdu maulvī, from Arabic mawlawī ‘judicial’ (adjective used as a noun), from mawlā ‘mullah’.