- 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
Related Wordscupola, turret, spire, minaret, steeple, monument, stronghold, lookout, fortification, belfry, skyscraper, column, pillar, mast, keep, obelisk, refuge, monolith, castle, citadel
Examples from the Web for minaret
But, as with the claims for minaret building in Switzerland, more is being demanded by Muslims.Ground Zero Mosque Hurts Islam
August 12, 2010
By this time also, if not earlier, the minaret had become universal.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
The minaret is faced with tiles and is surmounted by a gilded crescent.
The minaret is a tall slender tower, peculiar to Turkish architecture.Popular Technology; Volume 2
Seldom had he looked at a minaret without thinking of prayer.In the Wilderness
The minaret, I may here remark, is to the mosques what a steeple is to the church.Letters from Palestine
J. D. Paxton
- a slender tower of a mosque having one or more balconies from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer
- any structure resembling this
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).