or ma·dra·sa, ma·dras·sah


noun Islam.

a school or college, especially a school attached to a mosque where young men study theology.

Origin of madrasah

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madrasa medrese (məˈdrɛseɪ)


Islam an educational institution, particularly for Islamic religious instruction

Word Origin for madrasah

from Arabic, literally: place of learning
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Word Origin and History for madrasa



Islamic college, 1620s, from Arabic madrasah, literally "a place of study," from locative prefix ma- + stem of darasa "he read repeatedly, he studied," which is related to Hebrew darash (cf. midrash).

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