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noun Islam.
  1. qibla.
Also keblah, kib·la.

Origin of kiblah

First recorded in 1730–40, kiblah is from the Arabic word qiblah


or qib·lah

noun Islam.
  1. the point toward which Muslims turn to pray, especially the Kaʿba, or House of God, at Mecca.
Often kib·la, kib·lah.

Origin of qibla

From the Arabic word qiblah
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Examples from the Web for kibla

Historical Examples

  • He described the visit of the French pilgrims to this spot—their Kibla—as most affecting.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction


  • The sheik squats in the kibla or niche, and we sit on chairs ranged round the wall.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water

    Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent

  • The Kibla in this mosque is a picturesque domed structure higher than the rest of the building.


    Thomas Roger Smith

British Dictionary definitions for kibla


  1. a variant of kiblah



  1. Islam the direction of Mecca, to which Muslims turn in prayer, indicated in mosques by a niche (mihrab) in the wall

Word Origin

C18: from Arabic qíblah that which is placed opposite; related to qabala to be opposite
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