Definition of mukhtar in English:



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

    • ‘In these southern areas, Bedouins are represented by mukhtars as well as village councils.’
    • ‘And finally, mukhtars are surely classic politicians, as my interview subject kept his answers short and close to the vest.’
    • ‘Not all municipalities and mukhtars found in the competition area may be indicated in the list below.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘But the mukhtars are under government orders to send the women directly to the police.’
    • ‘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.’


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