from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The ninth month of the year in the Islamic calendar. See Table at calendar.
- n. A fast, held from sunrise to sunset, that is carried out during this period.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The holy ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, during which Muslims fast between the break of dawn until sunset; they also refrain from drinking liquids, smoking and having sexual relations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The ninth Mohammedan month.
- n. The great annual fast of the Mohammedans, kept during daylight through the ninth month.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ninth month of the Mohammedan year, and the period of the annual thirty days' fast or Mohammedan Lent, rigidly observed daily from dawn until sunset, when all restrictions are removed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; the month of fasting; the holiest period for the Islamic faith
- n. (Islam) a fast (held from sunrise to sunset) that is carried out during the Islamic month of Ramadan
Arabic Ramaḍān, from ramaḍ, dryness, from ramiḍa, to be scorched; see rmṢ́ in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic رمضان (ramaḍān), from ارتمض (irtámaḍa, "to be consumed by grief and sorrow"). (Wiktionary)