Definition of azan in English:

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Pronunciation: /äˈzän/
(also adhan)


The Muslim call to ritual prayer, typically made by a muezzin from the minaret of a mosque.
Example sentences
  • But neither this, nor the additions they have in the azan or call to prayer, is reason to consider them non-believers.
  • I found the restaurants and bars serving coffee and liquor with gusto and the cacophony raised by the tinkling of pegs and cups often made it impossible for us to hear azan from the mosque.
  • In the big cities or the remotest rural areas, the azan is called five times a day and the people gather for the congregational prayers at the proper times without fail.


Mid 19th century: from Arabic ῾aḏān 'announcement'. Compare with muezzin.

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Syllabification: a·zan

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