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kiblah

[kib-luh]
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noun Islam.
  1. qibla.
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Also keblah, kib·la.

Origin of kiblah

First recorded in 1730–40, kiblah is from the Arabic word qiblah

qibla

or qib·lah

[kib-luh]
noun Islam.
  1. the point toward which Muslims turn to pray, especially the Kaʿba, or House of God, at Mecca.
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Often kib·la, kib·lah.

Origin of qibla

From the Arabic word qiblah
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Examples from the Web for kibla

Historical Examples

  • He described the visit of the French pilgrims to this spot—their Kibla—as most affecting.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction

    Various

  • The sheik squats in the kibla or niche, and we sit on chairs ranged round the wall.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water

    Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent

  • The Kibla in this mosque is a picturesque domed structure higher than the rest of the building.

    Architecture

    Thomas Roger Smith


British Dictionary definitions for kibla

qibla

noun
  1. a variant of kiblah
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kiblah

kibla

noun
  1. Islam the direction of Mecca, to which Muslims turn in prayer, indicated in mosques by a niche (mihrab) in the wall
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Word Origin

C18: from Arabic qíblah that which is placed opposite; related to qabala to be opposite
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