Definition of bismillah in English:


Line breaks: bis|mil¦lah
Pronunciation: /bɪsˈmɪlə


  • In the name of God (an invocation used by Muslims at the beginning of an undertaking).
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    • It was only after he recited bismillah (Muslim phrase said prior to the commencement of any activity) that the lock turned.
    • ‘The first thing I learnt was ‘bismillah irrahman irrahim’.
    • Each threw seven times, chanting ‘bismillah’ and ‘Allahu Akbar’.


from Arabic bi-smi-llāh, the first words of the Koran.

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