Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The first month of the Islamic calendar. See Table at calendar.
  • n. A Shiite festival held during the first ten days of this month.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The first month of the Islamic calendar.
  • proper n. A Shiite festival held during its first ten days; Ashura.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the first month of the Islamic calendar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Moslem religious festival, held during the first month of the Mohammedan year.
  • n. Also Moharram.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first month of the Islamic calendar

Etymologies

Arabic muḥarram, passive participle of ḥarrama, to forbid, from ḥarama, to forbid; see ḥrm in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic مُحَرّمٌ ("forbidden"), from حَرُمَ ("to be forbidden"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • David Guttenfelder/Associated Press MARKING MUHARRAM: Pakistani Shiite Muslims beat their chests during a Muharram procession in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday.

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  • Friday's attack occurred one day after the start of the holy month of Muharram, which is especially important for Shi'ites and is often marred by bombings by Sunni extremists.

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  • The Christmas holidays coincide this year with Muslim month of Muharram, which is particularly important as a period of mourning for Shias.

    Two killed and eight injured in bomb attacks on Baghdad Christians

  • The attack comes just a day after the start of the holy month of Muharram, which is especially important for Shiites but is often marred by bomb attacks.

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  • The suicide attack in Hangu comes a day after the start of the holy month of Muharram, which is especially important for Shiites, but has been marred by bombings.

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  • The attack comes just a day after the start of the holy month of Muharram, which is especially important for Shi'ites.

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  • Ten days of traditional Shia mourning rituals, known as Muharram, begin in mid-December.

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  • Security has been ramped up across the country anyway, as this year Christmas falls during the Islamic month of Muharram, which is often marred by bombings and fighting between Pakistan's Sunni Muslims and its Shiite minority.

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  • Pakistan recently boosted security all over the country, including Peshawar, because it is the Islamic holy month of Muharram, which is often marred by bombings and fighting between the country's Sunni Muslims and its Shiite minority, authorities said.

    The Guardian World News

  • Both the emotional ceremonies known as Muharram along with the public mourning for Montazeri's death will make it difficult for the regime to crack down on the protests.

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