Definition of Muhammadan in English:


Syllabification: Mu·ham·mad·an
Pronunciation: /mōˈhämədən, mə-, ˈham-
(also Mohammedan)

noun & adjective

  • archaic term for Muslim (not favored by Muslims).
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    • But I have a problem with some of your panelists, because I don't think Christ was a Christian, I don't think Buddha was a Buddhist, and I don't think that Mohammed was a Mohammedan.
    • Do you know that more than 30,000 temples were converted into mosques during Mohammedan rule?
    • As long back as the 13th century she preached non-violence, simple living and high thinking and became thus Lalla Arifa for Muhammadans and Lalleshwari for Hindus.



Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
More example sentences
  • Earlier this century Muslims were often referred to as Muhammadans, the religion of Islam as Muhammadanism.
  • After all: Christianity, Mohammedanism, Buddhism; they all teach mercy, they all teach, ‘Forgive your enemies.’
  • The sanctuary was intended to be a ‘merger of notions from a variety of creeds including Mohammedanism and Buddhism’, he continued.


late 17th century: from the name of the prophet Muhammad (see Muhammad), + -an.


See Muslim (usage).

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