Definition of mukhtar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmo͝oktär/


(In Turkey and some Arab countries) the head of local government of a town or village.
Example sentences
  • The difference, they say, stems from a new approach of relying on sheiks and mukhtars - the tribal and local leaders who wield enormous influence among some 75,000 people in hundreds of villages and small towns south of the city of Mosul.
  • Not all municipalities and mukhtars found in the competition area may be indicated in the list below.
  • The government refused therefore to recognize that these mukhtars had any de jure authority.


From Arabic muḵtār, passive participle of iḵtāra 'choose'.

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Syllabification: mukh·tar

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