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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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Historical Examples

  • Kiblah, kib′la, n. the point toward which Mohammedans turn in prayer.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • The water vase within me, they say, is like a devout man standing towards the Kiblah of the Mihrab, ready to begin his prayers.

British Dictionary definitions for 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


  1. a variant of kiblah
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