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  1. (in Islamic countries) the call to prayer proclaimed five times a day by the muezzin.

Origin of azan

First recorded in 1850–55, azan is from the Arabic word adhān invitation. See muezzin
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Historical Examples

  • Boville owed his life to the Azan, the fetich cord, at that instant.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • Hanes in Egypt was the reverse of Azan; formed however of the same terms, and of the same purport precisely.

  • The old general was of a different type from the fire-eating dandies who played the master at Azan.

    The Valley of Vision

    Henry Van Dyke

British Dictionary definitions for azan


  1. Islam the call to prayer five times a day, usually by a muezzin from a minaret

Word Origin

from Arabic adhān, from adhina to proclaim, invite; see muezzin
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