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[meer-uh b]
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  1. (in a mosque) a niche or decorative panel designating the kiblah.

Origin of mihrab

First recorded in 1810–20, mihrab is from the Arabic word miḥrāb
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Examples from the Web for mihrab

Historical Examples

  • He replied, "My 'mihrab'50 is the face of my Beloved; only thither will I direct my prayers."

    Mystics and Saints of Islam

    Claud Field

  • He then descended from the pulpit, and prayed in the Mihrab.

    The Knights Templars</p>

    C. G. (Charles Greenstreet) Addison

  • The Mihrab is hexagonal in shape, and twelve feet in diameter.

  • Toward the centre of the corner areas and extending upward, is the mihrab, proclaiming for what purpose this rug was woven.

  • Occasionally this weave and the Kurdish have a mihrab at one end, showing it to be a prayer rug.

British Dictionary definitions for mihrab


  1. Islam the niche in a mosque showing the direction of Mecca

Word Origin

from Arabic
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