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Khoja

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊdʒə
 
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Definition of Khoja in English:

noun

A member of an Ismaili sect found mainly in western India.
Example sentences
  • The Nizari and Mustali-Tayyibi Ismailis of South Asian origins have been more commonly designated, respectively, as Khojas and Bohras.
  • How many of us really know the culture and traditions of the Memons, Khojas, Cheliyas or the Moplahs?
  • My father is an Arab, my mother a Gujarati Khoja with a memsahib upbringing.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'Muslim scribe or teacher'): from Turkish hoca, from Persian.

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