Mudaliar (alternatively spelled: Muthaliar, Mudali, Muthali or Moodley) is a title used by people belonging to various Tamil castes. Castes using the title speak Tamil as their native language. The title was mostly used in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka in medieval times as an honorary title to feudal landlords.
A person of first rank feudal society such as high-level bureaucratic officials and army commanders, was bestowed with the Mudaliar title. The title was primarily used by the Kaikolars, Karaiyars and the Vellalars. Other communities adopted it as means to present themselves as superior to the social status which they actually held.
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