Definition of Mudéjar in English:


Pronunciation /mo͞oˈdāˌhär/ /muˈdeɪˌhɑr/


  • 1Of or denoting a partly Gothic, partly Islamic style of architecture and art prevalent in Spain in the 12th to 15th centuries.

    ‘There were double arcades, and balconies that were clearly influenced by the Mudejar style then popular in southern Spain, especially in Seville.’
    • ‘The early 16th century Mudejar style of Moorish geometric ivory and coloured woods became popular, especially as French, and to a lesser extent, English taste turned towards the Middle East and Arabia for exotic inspiration.’
    • ‘Mexico was a colony of Spain for about 400 years, but there's not much Mudejar architecture anywhere in Mexico.’
    • ‘We could have spent days within this maze of Mudejar architecture.’
    • ‘His decorations combine Gothic and Islamic features: grotesque animals, as well as naturalistic ones, geometric interlace designs, architectural elements designed in the Mudejar style, and carpet pages.’
    1. 1.1Relating to Muslim subjects of Christian monarchs during the reconquest of the Iberian peninsula from the Moors (11th–15th centuries).
      ‘Islamic influences could have been provided by Mudejar communities in Huesca, Saragossa, or Valencia, or by trade connections between Catalan Jews and the Maghreb.’
      • ‘Mudejar women took the leadership in protecting themselves and their kin against the challenges that the newly established Christian society imposed on the entire Mudejar community.’
      • ‘Fernando was truly enthusiastic for the voluntary conversion of all his Mudejar subjects.’


  • A subject Muslim during the Christian reconquest of the Iberian peninsula from the Moors who, until 1492, was allowed to retain Islamic laws and religion in return for loyalty to a Christian monarch.

    ‘In Navarre both Jews and Mudejares suffered episodes of persecution less frequently than elsewhere in Spain, so their living conditions were comparatively better than in other areas of the peninsula.’
    • ‘Most of the Moors were driven from Spain, but two groups, the Mudejares and Moriscos, remained.’
    • ‘The majority of the native Moorish communities, the Mudejares, chose to stay and be baptised.’
    • ‘The Mudejares were Muslims who found themselves under Christian rule when Toledo was conquered in 1085.’
    • ‘In fact, they were treated with the same gentleness that all the Mudejares who had been defeated, in successive campaigns, were always treated by the Christian victors.’


Via Spanish from Arabic mudajjan ‘allowed to stay’.