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Mameluke

Syllabification: Mam·e·luke
Pronunciation: /ˈmaməˌlo͞ok
 
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Definition of Mameluke in English:

noun

A member of a regime that formerly ruled parts of the Middle East. Descended from slaves, they ruled Syria (1260–1516) and Egypt (1250–1517), and continued as a ruling military caste in Ottoman Egypt until massacred by the viceroy Muhammad Ali in 1811.
Example sentences
  • In Egypt, the Mamelukes actually seized power.
  • France was on friendly terms with Turkey, and Egypt was at least nominally part of the Sultan's empire, though in fact it was ruled by the Mamelukes.
  • It previously belonged to the Mamelukes, the Crusaders, the Ottoman Turks, and then Britain.

Origin

from French mameluk, from Arabic mamlūk (passive participle used as a noun meaning 'slave'), from malaka 'possess'.

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