[kuh-rahn, -ran, kaw-, koh-]


the sacred text of Islam, divided into 114 chapters, or suras: revered as the word of God, dictated to Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel, and accepted as the foundation of Islamic law, religion, culture, and politics.

Also Qurʾan.

Origin of Koran

1615–25; < Arabic qur'ān book, reading, akin to qara'a to read, recite

Related formsKo·ran·ic [kuh-ran-ik, kaw-, koh-] /kəˈræn ɪk, kɔ-, koʊ-/, adjectivepre-Ko·ran·ic, adjective

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the sacred book of Islam, believed by Muslims to be the infallible word of God dictated to Mohammed through the medium of the angel GabrielAlso: Qur'an
Derived FormsKoranic, adjective

Word Origin for Koran

C17: from Arabic qur'ān reading, book; related to qara'a to read, recite

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Word Origin and History for koran


1610s, from Arabic qur'an "a reading, recitation, book," from root of quara-a "he read, recited." Related: Koranic.

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Culture definitions for koran


[(kuh-ran, kuh-rahn)]

The sacred book of Islam. Muslims believe that the teachings of the Koran were revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad.

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