Definition of Muhammadan in US English:


(also Mohammedan)

noun & adjective

  • archaic term for Muslim (not favored by Muslims)
    • ‘Here one could cite the Jews and Mohammedans of the Middle East.’
    • ‘There is nothing in the requirements of Masonry to prevent a Catholic, a Mohammedan, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Protestant, a Mormon, or any member of any religion from becoming a member.’
    • ‘Seventy per cent of the population was classified as Orthodox (including Old Believers), 11 per cent as Muhammadan, and 9 per cent as Catholics.’
    • ‘In contrast to the Christians, who persecuted not only pagans but each other, the Mohammedans were welcomed for their broadmindedness, and it was largely this that facilitated their conquests.’
    • ‘Even the Mohammedan religion has failed to excite his ferocity.’
    • ‘But I have a problem with some of your panelists, because I don't think Christ was a Christian, I don't think Buddha was a Buddhist, and I don't think that Mohammed was a Mohammedan.’
    • ‘The shrine of a Mohammedan saint which is at the present day neglected and forgotten by Mohammedans, is worshipped by Hindus!’
    • ‘As long back as the 13th century she preached non-violence, simple living and high thinking and became thus Lalla Arifa for Muhammadans and Lalleshwari for Hindus.’
    • ‘Another one, written in English and Arabic, was dedicated to the Muhammadan soldiers in Her Majesty's army who died while serving, and a third marker had nothing on it.’
    • ‘Do you know that more than 30,000 temples were converted into mosques during Mohammedan rule?’
    • ‘According to Uphof fruits preserved in cans, with salt water and sugar, are eaten by Muhammadan pilgrims during their journeys to Mecca.’


See Muslim


Late 17th century: from the name of the prophet Muhammad (see Muhammad), + -an.