Definitions for hafizˈhɑ fɪz
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a title of respect for a Muslim who knows the Koran by heart.
Category: Eastern Religions
Origin of hafiz:
1655–65; < Ar ḥāfiz lit., a guard, one who keeps
(Shams ud-din Mohammed) c1320–89?, Persian poet.
a Muslim who can recite the Qur'an by heart
Origin: Persian, from Arabic ḥāfiẓ, present participle of ḥáfiẓa 'to guard, know by heart'.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
his real name Shems-Eddin-Mohammed, the great lyric poet of Persia, born in Shiraz, where he spent his life; he has been called the Anacreon of Persia; his poetry is of a sensuous character, though the images he employs are Interpreted by some in a supersensuous or mystical sense; Goethe composed a series of lyrics in imitation; the name Häfiz denotes a Mohammedan who knows the Korân and the Hadith by heart (1320-1391).