Definition of mallam in English:

mallam

Line breaks: mal¦lam
Pronunciation: /ˈmaləm
 
/

noun

(In Nigeria and other parts of Africa) a learned man or scribe.
More example sentences
  • So Yinka, redirect your frustration somewhere else but not to the mallams or the Northerners.
  • Thanks, but someone just told me that there are thieves among the mallams at mosalasi.
  • Each of the mallams was attended by a well-dressed little boy of agreeable countenance, who acted as page to his master, and was his protégé.

Origin

from Hausa mālam(i).

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day apposite
Pronunciation: ˈapəzɪt
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something