Definitions for ulemaˈu ləˌmɑ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Category: Eastern Religions
the body of Mullahs (Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law) who are the interpreters of Islam's sciences and doctrines and laws and the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community
The guardians of legal and religious tradition in Islam; clerics.
Origin: From Arabic (‘ulamā’), plural of (‘ālim) ‘learned one’.
a college or corporation in Turkey composed of the hierarchy, namely, the imams, or ministers of religion, the muftis, or doctors of law, and the cadis, or administrators of justice
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a body in Turkey, or any Mohammedan country, of the learned in the Mohammedan religion and law, such as the Imams, or religious teachers, the Muftis, or expounders of the law and the Cadis, or judges; its decrees are called "fetvas."