E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Imaum (2 syl.) or Imam.
One of the Ulema or priestly body of the Mahometans. He recites the prayers and leads the devotions of the congregation. Imaums wear a high turban. The sultan as head of the Moslems is an Imaum. The word means teacher or guide.