Definition of minaret in English:

minaret

Syllabification: min·a·ret
Pronunciation: /ˌminəˈret
 
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noun

  • A tall slender tower, typically part of a mosque, with a balcony from which a muezzin calls Muslims to prayer.
    More example sentences
    • On July 10, the muezzin called for the Muslim prayers from the minarets of Grenada's grand mosque once again after nearly 500 years of Muslim rule on the Iberian Peninsula.
    • Mosques typically include domes and minarets; minarets are used for the call to prayer, and domes signal a place of prayer and Islamic education.
    • The plaques bearing Quranic calligraphy in homes, canopied gravestones, the call of the muezzins arising out of the pencilled minarets of the mosque further confirm it.

Derivatives

minareted

adjective
More example sentences
  • There are no pinnacled heights, no stratified, minareted walls, no precipiced cirques and glacier-shrouded peaks.
  • Designed by a Persian architect, the twin structures along with a minareted gateway in the middle, lie above basement in an arcade, with secret passages.
  • These are built on high plinth with slender minareted towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance.

Origin

late 17th century: from French, or from Spanish minarete, Italian minaretto, via Turkish from Arabic manār(a) 'lighthouse, minaret', based on nār 'fire or light'.

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