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[myoo-ez-in, moo-] /myuˈɛz ɪn, mu-/
the crier who, from a minaret or other high part of a mosque, at stated hours five times daily, intones aloud the call summoning Muslims to prayer.
Origin of muezzin
1575-85; < Turkish müezzin < Arabic mu'adhdhin Unabridged
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  • At length, the solemn and sonorous voice of the muezzin, from the minarets of Jaffa, came floating on the air.

    Sketches Benjamin Disraeli
  • It was the same where Hamid had seen the "muezzin" in the tower.

    Our Little Arabian Cousin Blanche McManus
  • When the muezzin intoned the fifth namazat, towards midnight, Mahmoud dismissed the dervish.

  • Now the muezzin is finished, and everything is so very still.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • Then, piercing and painfully musical, came the call of the muezzin from the turret of the mosque a quarter of a mile away.

  • From the Mosque of Omar he had heard the sonorous chant of the muezzin.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • Footnote 10: The muezzin is the Mahometan official who announces to the faithful the hour of prayer.

  • Like the muezzin on his minaret, the elegist calls to prayer.

  • When the doors opened and the muezzin called, I was ever the first to hurry into devotions and the last to leave them.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for muezzin


(Islam) the official of a mosque who calls the faithful to prayer five times a day from the minaret
Word Origin
C16: changed from Arabic mu'adhdhin
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Word Origin and History for muezzin

"official who calls Muslims to prayer from the minaret of a mosque," 1580s, from Arabic muadhdhin, properly active participle of adhdhana, frequentative of adhanna "he proclaimed," from uthn "ear." Cf. Hebrew he'ezin "he gave ear, heard," from ozen "ear." English spelling is from dialectal use of -z- for -dh-.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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