Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The tenth day of Muharram, observed as a holy day of mourning by Shiites on the anniversary of the death of Hussein, grandson of Muhammad.
  • noun The tenth day of Muharram, observed in Sunni Islam as an optional day of fasting established by Muhammad.

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  • proper noun Islam a holy day falling on the 10th day of Muharram, commemorating the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali in 680 AD.

Etymologies

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

[Arabic ‘āšūrā’, the tenth day of Muharram kept as a day of fasting by Arabs in pre-Islamic times, Ashura, ultimately (probably via Aramaic *‘āsorā) from Hebrew ‘āśôr, a set of ten (days, etc.), decade (used in Leviticus to specify the date of Yom Kippur, the tenth day of Tishri), from ‘eśer, ten; see עśr in Semitic roots.]

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Arabic عاشوراء (ʿāšūrāʾ, "tenth, tenth day").

Examples

  • Qassem Zein/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images ASHURA FESTIVAL: Shiite Muslims carried candles outside the Imam Ali shrine during an Ashura ceremony Sunday in the Najaf, Iraq.

    Today's Photos: Jan. 5

  • But the word Ashura literally means 10th because it's observed on 10th day of the first month of the Islamic year.

    CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2009

  • Iranian army officer announced yesterday that the Iranian revolution guards formed 300 fighting groups under the name "Karbala", and 40 brigades under the name Ashura'a supported by

    Roads to Iraq

  • Iranian army officer announced yesterday that the Iranian revolution guards formed 300 fighting groups under the name "Karbala", and 40 brigades under the name Ashura'a supported by

    Roads to Iraq

  • Iranian army officer announced yesterday that the Iranian revolution guards formed 300 fighting groups under the name "Karbala", and 40 brigades under the name Ashura'a supported by

    Roads to Iraq

  • Iranian army officer announced yesterday that the Iranian revolution guards formed 300 fighting groups under the name "Karbala", and 40 brigades under the name Ashura'a supported by

    Roads to Iraq

  • Iranian army officer announced yesterday that the Iranian revolution guards formed 300 fighting groups under the name "Karbala", and 40 brigades under the name Ashura'a supported by

    Roads to Iraq

  • Promoted to Headline (H3) on 1/9/10: Demonstrations in Tehran: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Demonstrations in Tehran:'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: It was the day of "Ashura" - the most sacred day of the Shiite sect of Islam.

    Demonstrations in Tehran:

  • Promoted to Headline (H3) on 1/9/10: Demonstrations in Tehran: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Demonstrations in Tehran:'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: It was the day of "Ashura" - the most sacred day of the Shiite sect of Islam.

    Demonstrations in Tehran:

  • Promoted to Headline (H3) on 1/9/10: Demonstrations in Tehran: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Demonstrations in Tehran:'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Page 3 of Article: Article: It was the day of "Ashura" - the most sacred day of the Shiite sect of Islam.

    Demonstrations in Tehran:

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