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[ hah-deeth ]
/ hɑˈdiθ /

noun, plural ha·dith, ha·diths.

Islam. a traditional account of things said or done by Muhammad or his companions.
(used with a plural verb) the entire body of such accounts.

Nearby words

hadedah, haden, hades, hadfield, hadhramaut, hadith, hadj, hadji, hadlee, hadley, hadley chest

Origin of hadith

First recorded in 1810–20, hadith is from the Arabic word ḥadīth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hadith

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

    The Lighter Side of Islam|Neil MacFarquhar|May 6, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • Hadith, the Mohammedan Talmud, being a traditional account of Mahomet's sayings and doings.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Hadith, had′ith, n. the body of traditions about Mohammed, supplementary to the Koran.

  • He brought proofs from the Koran, the Hadith, and modern history to prove his case and persuade his hearers.

British Dictionary definitions for hadith


/ (ˈhædɪθ, hɑːˈdiːθ) /


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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper