Definition of mukhtar in English:

mukhtar

noun

  • (in Turkey and some Arab countries) the head of local government of a town or village.

    • ‘Not all municipalities and mukhtars found in the competition area may be indicated in the list below.’
    • ‘But the mukhtars are under government orders to send the women directly to the police.’
    • ‘The difference, they say, stems from a new approach of relying on sheiks and mukhtars - the tribal and local leaders who wield enormous influence among some 75,000 people in hundreds of villages and small towns south of the city of Mosul.’
    • ‘The central government, our staff says, is not relevant; even local mukhtars have been displaced or coopted by militias.’
    • ‘Fifty school principals and mukhtars from the newly liberated area were lectured on how to educate students and residents about the dangers of land mines on Sunday.’
    • ‘In these southern areas, Bedouins are represented by mukhtars as well as village councils.’
    • ‘The government refused therefore to recognize that these mukhtars had any de jure authority.’
    • ‘The following list contains the names of Khabor villages, their makeup, names of their churches, priests and mukhtars.’
    • ‘And finally, mukhtars are surely classic politicians, as my interview subject kept his answers short and close to the vest.’

Origin

From Arabic muḵtār, passive participle of iḵtāra ‘choose’.

Pronunciation

mukhtar

/ˈmʊktɑː/