noun, plural ha·dith, ha·diths.
  1. Islam. a traditional account of things said or done by Muhammad or his companions.
  2. (used with a plural verb) the entire body of such accounts.

Origin of hadith

First recorded in 1810–20, hadith is from the Arabic word ḥadīth
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Contemporary Examples of hadith

  • “When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time,” advised one hadith.

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    May 6, 2009

Historical Examples of hadith

British Dictionary definitions for hadith


  1. the body of tradition and legend about Mohammed and his followers, used as a basis of Islamic law

Word Origin for Hadith

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hadith

"collected Islamic tradition," 1817, from Arabic, literally "tradition," related to hadith "new, young," hadatha "it happened, occurred," and Hebrew hadash "new."

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