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ha·kim 1

also ha·keem (hä′kēm)
A doctor, especially one who practices traditional medicine, in a predominantly Muslim culture.

[Arabic ḥakīm, wise, wise man, from ḥakama, to judge, decide; see ḥkm in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]

ha·kim 2

An honorific traditionally applied to a Muslim ruler, provincial governor, or judge.

[Arabic ḥākim, active participle of ḥakama, to decide, govern; see ḥkm in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]


(hɑːˈkiːm; ˈhɑːkiːm) or


1. (Islam) a Muslim judge, ruler, or administrator
2. (Islam) a Muslim physician
[C17: from Arabic, from hakama to rule]


or ha•keem


n. (esp. in Muslim countries)
1. a wise man.
2. a physician; doctor.
[1575–85; < Arabic ḥakīm wise man]


(ˈhɑ kim)

(in Muslim countries) a ruler; governor; judge.
[1605–15; < Arabic ḥākim governor]


An Arabic word for a physician.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hakim - a Muslim ruler or governor or judgehakim - a Muslim ruler or governor or judge
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
2.hakim - a Muslim physician
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
doc, doctor, physician, Dr., MD, medico - a licensed medical practitioner; "I felt so bad I went to see my doctor"
References in classic literature ?
He raised his voice respectfully: 'Sahiba, the hakim sleeps after his meat.
Let the hakim and the young priest settle between them whether charms or medicine most avail.
The hakim, still squatting, slid over his hookah with a friendly foot, and Kim pulled at the good weed.
To discuss medicine before the ignorant is of one piece with teaching the peacock to sing,' said the hakim.
Said the hakim, hardly more than shaping the words with his lips:
In a very short time - so says the hakim - we come to cool air and the smell of pines.
The hakim spoke truly to me this morn when he said a breath from the snows blows away twenty years from the life of a man.
Imported years ago from Egypt by Century International Arms, Hakims are fairly common, in good condition and much less expensive than the Swedish AG-42 Ljungmans.
When the Hakims visit others, they carry small gifts such as chocolates and Eidi [small amounts of money] to be distributed if there are children.