Definition of malik in English:

malik

noun

  • (in parts of South Asia and the Middle East) the chief of a village or community.

    • ‘If he is big man - a malik - he may have rocket launcher and anti-aircraft gun.’
    • ‘The tribal elders, or maliks, have already signalled their willingness to take part.’
    • ‘In Khakhi village, we meet with a group of four maliks, or village leaders.’
    • ‘He also carries the title of malik, which may be seen as symbolic of the state's technical, administrative, and policing functions.’

Origin

From Arabic, active participle of malaka ‘possess or rule’.

Pronunciation

malik

/ˈmɑːlɪk/