American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. In law and theology, the caliph who is successor to Muhammad as the lawful temporal leader of the Islamic community.
- n. The male prayer leader in a mosque.
- n. The Muslim worshiper who leads the recitation of prayer when two or more worshipers are present.
- n. A male spiritual and temporal leader regarded by Shiites as a descendant of Muhammad divinely appointed to guide humans.
- n. An earthly representative of the 12 such leaders recognized by the majority form of Shiism.
- n. Islam A ruler claiming descent from Muhammad and exercising authority in an Islamic state.
- n. Any one of the founders of the four schools of law and theology.
- n. An authoritative scholar who founds a school of law or theology.
- n. Islam Used as a title for an imam.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Mohammedan chief or leader. Specifically The religious title of the four successors of Mohammed, and of the four great doctors of the four orthodox sects; hence, a Mohammedan prince or religious leader: as, the Imam of Muscat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Among the Mohammedans, a minister or priest who performs the regular service of the mosque.
- n. A Mohammedan prince who, as a successor of Mohammed, unites in his person supreme spiritual and temporal power.
- n. (Islam) the man who leads prayers in a mosque; for Shiites an imam is a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law and a spiritual guide
- From Arabic إمام (’imām). (Wiktionary)
- Arabic 'imām, leader, imam, from 'amma, to go before, lead; see אmm in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mr. Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico and spent years in the United States as an imam, is in hiding in Yemen.”
“Still, the imam is frequently accused of being a sellout because he associates with Christians.”
“The imam is no higher in the eyes of God than the one who prays behind.”
“If men lead prayer, we assume the imam is closer to God, so we want to lead prayer too.”
“The imam from the local mosque said prayers of blessing, and then the baby, Elisha, was presented to each relative.”
“When you hear the terms imam and ayatollah, these refer to Shiite religious leaders.”
“So right away I called my imam, and he said, 'Go ahead now and break your fast.”
“The imam is Indonesian and a fluent English speaker who said later in an interview that he struggles with all the invitations he receives to lecture Muslim student groups.”
“Interested in his perspective regarding the vanishing youth phenomenon and any backlash against his person, the mosque, and the Minneapolis Somali community, I called the imam for an interview.”
“But this year’s festivities have proved unusually controversial because of claims that the imam is being exploited for commercial and political purposes.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘imam’.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
Lista de palabras útiles, raras o esotéricas para Scrabble en Español recopiladas de partidas ordinarias.
Todas las palabras se encuentran en el DRAE.
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honorifics. might park some formal titles here too until there are enough to spawn another list.
Noble, leadership and ranking titles.
Holy men (and women).
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