Definition of akhund in English:

akhund

(also akhoond, akhwand)

noun

Islam
  • Especially in Iran (formerly Persia), Pakistan, and Afghanistan: a religious leader, teacher, or scholar.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Atlas Geographus. From Persian āḵūnd theologian, (religious) scholar, mullah, preacher, teacher (in a traditional Qur'an school), in post-revolutionary Iran also used pejoratively to denote the ruling clerics, further etymology uncertain and disputed.

Pronunciation

akhund

/əˈkuːnd/