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hadith

[hah-deeth]
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.
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Origin of hadith

First recorded in 1810–20, hadith is from the Arabic word ḥadīth
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Hadith

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

Arabic
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Word Origin and History for hadith

n.

"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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