minaret

[ min-uh-ret, min-uh-ret ]
/ ˌmɪn əˈrɛt, ˈmɪn əˌrɛt /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM minaret

min·a·ret·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for minaret

minaret
/ (ˌmɪnəˈrɛt, ˈmɪnəˌrɛt) /

noun

a slender tower of a mosque having one or more balconies from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer
any structure resembling this

Derived forms of minaret

minareted, adjective

Word Origin for minaret

C17: from French, from Turkish, from Arabic manārat lamp, from nār fire
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