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 (mo͝ok′tär′, mo͝oKH′-)
A leader of an Arab village or district, usually chosen or approved by consensus.

[Arabic muḫtār, passive participle of iḫtāra, to choose, elect, prefer, derived stem of ḫāra, to choose; see ḫyr in Semitic roots.]
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1. (Law) a lawyer in India during the 19th and early 20th centuries
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a chief official in a town or village in Turkey or the Ottoman Empire
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