from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Islam The sacred dress of Muslim pilgrims, consisting of two lengths of white cotton, one wrapped around the loins, the other thrown over the left shoulder.
- n. Islam The state of ritual purity of Muslims in wearing this dress for pilgrimage or for other acts of worship, especially the daily worship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the state of ritual purity and dedication of a Muslim hajj pilgrim to Mecca
- n. the clothing worn on such a pilgrimage; one length of cotton cloth around the loins and another thrown over the left shoulder
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The peculiar dress worn by pilgrims to Mecca.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The dress assumed by Mohammedan pilgrims.
- n. The state in which a pilgrim is held to be from the time he assumes this distinctive garb until he lays it aside.
Arabic 'iḥrām, prohibition, ihram, infinitive of 'aḥrama, to enter the state of ihram, from ḥarama, to prohibit; see ḥrm in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic إحرام (prohibition) (Wiktionary)