One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in parts of South Asia and the Middle East) the chief of a village or community.
- ‘He also carries the title of malik, which may be seen as symbolic of the state's technical, administrative, and policing functions.’
- ‘In Khakhi village, we meet with a group of four maliks, or village leaders.’
- ‘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.’
From Arabic, active participle of malaka ‘possess or rule’.
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