Entry from British & World English dictionary
(In parts of South Asia and the Middle East) the chief of a village or community.
- In Khakhi village, we meet with a group of four maliks, or village leaders.
- The tribal elders, or maliks, have already signalled their willingness to take part.
- If he is big man - a malik - he may have rocket launcher and anti-aircraft gun.
From Arabic, active participle of malaka 'possess or rule'.
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