Definition of qadi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːdi/
Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪdi/
(also cadi, kadi)

noun (plural qadis)

(In Islamic countries) a judge.
Example sentences
  • Customary law and Muslim law are carried out by the cadis in matters of personal rights and inheritance.
  • The police and the French gendarmerie help the European judges who dispense justice in the penal system and constitute the court of appeals for the tribunals of Islamic judges (cadis).
  • The rabbis in their pulpits and the kadis in their mosques have erased the word from their lexicon.


Late 16th century: from Arabic qāḍī, from qaḍā 'to judge'.

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