bismillah

[ bis-mil-uh ]
/ bɪsˈmɪl ə /
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interjection Arabic.

in the name of Allah.

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British Dictionary definitions for bismillah

Bismillah

/ (ˌbɪsmɪˈlaː) /

interjection

the words which preface all except one of the surahs of the Koran, used by Muslims as a blessing before eating or some other action

Word Origin for Bismillah

shortened from Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim, from Arabic, literally: in the name of God, the merciful and compassionate

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Word Origin and History for bismillah

bismillah

first attested in English in Byron, from Arabic bi'smillah(i) "in the name of God" (Allah).

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