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n. the leader of a town or community in some parts of Asia Minor and the Indian subcontinent; "maliks rule the hinterland of Afghanistan under the protection of warlords"


Malik, Melik, Malka, or Melekh (; ) is originally an East Semitic ( Akkadian/ Assyrian/ Babylonian, Eblaite) and later a Northwest Semitic (e.g. Assyrian Neo-Aramaic, Syriac, Amorite, Canaanite, Hebrew) and Central Semitic ( Arabic) word meaning "king". The general meaning of "Malik" is leader and ruler.

Although the early forms of the name were to be found among the Pre-Arab and Pre-Islamic Semites of The Levant, Canaan, and Mesopotamia, it has since been adopted in various other, mainly but not exclusively Islamized or Arabized non-Semitic Asian languages for their ruling princes and to render kings elsewhere. It is also sometimes used in derived meanings. 'Al-Malik' (literally "The King") is one of the names of God in Islam.

The female version of Malik is Malikah (or its various spellings such as Malekeh or Melike), meaning "queen".

The name Malik was originally found among various pre-Arab and non-Muslim Semitic peoples such as the indigenous ethnic Assyrians of Iraq, Amorites, Jews, Arameans, Mandeans, Syriacs, Nabateans and pre-Islamic Arabs. It has since been spread among various predominantly Muslim and non-Semitic peoples in Central Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia. Malik is also an angel in the Quran that never smiled since the day the hellfire was created.

The last name "Malik" may also of Slavic origin, most predominantly Polish, Czech, Slovakian and Slovenian, as it comes from a Polish word "mały" meaning "small". It's comparable with surnames such as "Malicki", "Maliczek", or "Malikowski".

Malik is also used as a surname by communities following Hinduism living in India.

Malik (disambiguation)

Malik is a Semitic word meaning "king" or "chieftain".

Malik may also refer to:

Malik (name)

Malik or Malick is a given name and surname. It is an anglicization of two different name in Arabic; مَالِك, meaning "Owner", and مَلِك, meaning 'King".

Usage examples of "malik".

As Malik walked toward his tent, he saw that Nikolai Burian was sitting outside, waiting for him.

Nomarchies, but to Malik, they seemed much like the more trivial mind-tours with which such people amused themselves.

Now at last, Malik thought, so long after Karim al-Anwar had first had his vision, domed settlements were rising in the Maxwell Mountains of the northern landmass known as Ishtar Terra.

Without Habber aid and technology, Malik knew, the Project could not have advanced this far.

I may come to that, Malik thought, wondering exactly how much he might restrict his own thoughts in order to keep what he had.

A young woman near Malik suddenly stumbled on a patch of uneven ground.

The young man seated himself next to her, warning Malik away with his eyes.

If they then chose to give up waiting, they had to take whatever labor was found for them elsewhere, and Malik knew that only the most burdensome work and conditions were offered to such people.

As they drew nearer to the camp, Malik saw tents with torn flaps, shacks with painted walls, and worn-down paths winding among the yurts.

After a few moments, people disappeared inside the yurts, but one young man remained outside, staring past Malik at the Guardian.

The emigrants around him would despise such dreams, Malik realized as he closed his eyes and tried to sleep.

Except for the dawn prayer, which he performed quickly outside his tent before lining up for the morning meal, and the night prayer, which he raced through before going to sleep, Malik came to the mosque for the others.

Nikolai had given Malik advice on which people to avoid, the times when toilets were usually free, and the few amusements the camp offered.

Occasionally, he listened while Malik told him a little about his former life.

Rumors that Malik was once a Linker had spread through the camp, and at last he guessed why Nikolai sought his company.