Definition of mallam in English:

mallam

noun

  • (in Nigeria and other parts of Africa) a learned man or scribe.

    • ‘Thanks, but someone just told me that there are thieves among the mallams at mosalasi.’
    • ‘So Yinka, redirect your frustration somewhere else but not to the mallams or the Northerners.’
    • ‘Each of the mallams was attended by a well-dressed little boy of agreeable countenance, who acted as page to his master, and was his protégé.’
    clerk, secretary, copyist, transcriber, amanuensis, recorder, record keeper
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Origin

From Hausa mālam(i).

Pronunciation

mallam

/ˈmaləm/