noun Also ˈMamluk (ˈmæmluk
a member of a military caste
, orig. made up of slaves, that ruled
in Egypt from 1250 until 1517 and remained powerful until 1811
in Muslim countries, a slave
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Word origin of 'Mameluke'obs Fr mameluk < Ar mamlūk, slave, lit., one possessed < malaka, to possess