Definition of alim in English:

alim

(also aleem, ʿalim)

noun

Islam
  • A scholar recognized as an expert in Islamic law and theology.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Lane (1801–1876), orientalist. Partly from Arabic ʿālim scholar, (specifically) expert in Islamic law and theology, use as noun of the active participle of ʿalima to know, and partly from Arabic ʿalīm knowing, learned, also (as noun) scholar from ʿalima to know.

Pronunciation

alim

/ˈɑːlɪm/