[min-uh-ret, min-uh-ret]
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  1. a lofty, often slender, tower or turret attached to a mosque, surrounded by or furnished with one or more balconies, from which the muezzin calls the people to prayer.

Origin of minaret

1675–85; < French minaret, Spanish minarete, or Italian minarettoArabic manārah lighthouse, perhaps akin to nār fire
Related formsmin·a·ret·ed, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of minaret

  • But, as with the claims for minaret building in Switzerland, more is being demanded by Muslims.

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    Ground Zero Mosque Hurts Islam

    Douglas Murray

    August 12, 2010

Historical Examples of minaret

British Dictionary definitions for minaret


  1. a slender tower of a mosque having one or more balconies from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer
  2. any structure resembling this
Derived Formsminareted, adjective

Word Origin for minaret

C17: from French, from Turkish, from Arabic manārat lamp, from nār fire
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Word Origin and History for minaret

1680s, from French minaret, from Turkish minare "a minaret," from Arabic manarah, manarat "lamp, lighthouse, minaret," related to manar "candlestick," derivative of nar "fire;" cf. Hebrew ner "lamp" (see menorah).

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