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

From Arabic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for madrasah

Historical Examples of madrasah

  • This is one of the most important mosques of any age, and is the most characteristic of the madrasah form.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

British Dictionary definitions for madrasah


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 madrasah

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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