Definition of Muhammadan in English:

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Muhammadan

Pronunciation: /mo͝oˈhämədən/
(also Mohammedan)

noun& adjective

Archaic term for Muslim (not favored by Muslims).
Example sentences
  • 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.

Usage

See Muslim (usage).

Derivatives

Muhammadanism

Pronunciation: /mōˈhämədnˌizəm/ /mōˈhämədəˌnizəm/ /məˈhämədnˌizəm/ /məˈhämədəˌnizəm/
noun
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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Mu·ham·mad·an

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