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

  • n. A tall slender tower attached to a mosque, having one or more projecting balconies from which a muezzin summons the people to prayer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the tall slender tower of an Islamic mosque, from which the muezzin recites the adhan (call to prayer)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slender, lofty tower attached to a mosque and surrounded by one or more projecting balconies, from which the summon to prayer is cried by the muezzin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Moslem arch., a slender and lofty turret typically rising by several stages or stories, and surrounded by one or more projecting balconies, characteristic of Mohammedan mosques, and corresponding to the belfry of a Christian church.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. slender tower with balconies


French, from Turkish minārat, from Arabic manāra, lamp; see nwr in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish minare, from Arabic منارة (manaara(t)), "lighthouse"). Entered into English around 1682. (Wiktionary)



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