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

  • n. A report of the sayings or actions of Muhammad or his companions, together with the tradition of its chain of transmission.
  • n. The collective body of these traditions.
  • n. Islam See Sunna.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Religious texts in Sunni and Shia Islam with collected sayings and actions of Muhammad and his companions as related by eyewitnesses, used to determine the Sunna (Muslim way of life).

Etymologies

Arabic ḥadīṯ, report, news, tradition, from ḥaddaṯa, to report, from ḥadaṯa, to be new; see ḥdṯ in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic حديث (ħadí:θ, "Prophetic tradition"), from حدث (ħáddaθa, "to tell, relate, report"). (Wiktionary)

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