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mosque

[mosk, mawsk]
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noun
  1. a Muslim temple or place of public worship.
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Origin of mosque

1600–10; earlier mosquee < Middle French < Italian moscheaArabic masjid, derivative of sajada to worship, literally, prostrate oneself; the -ee seems to have been taken as diminutive suffix and dropped
Can be confusedmask masque mosque
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mosque

noun
  1. a Muslim place of worship, usually having one or more minarets and often decorated with elaborate tracery and texts from the KoranAlso called: masjid, musjid
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Word Origin

C14: earlier mosquee, from Old French via Italian moschea, ultimately from Arabic masjid temple, place of prostration
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Word Origin and History for mosque

n.

1717, earlier moseak (c.1400), also mosquee (16c.), probably in part from Middle French mosquée, from Italian moschea, earlier moscheta, from Spanish mesquita (modern mezquita), from Arabic masjid "temple, place of worship," from sajada "he worshipped" + prefix ma- denoting "place." Mangled in Middle English as muskey, moseache, etc.

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mosque in Culture

mosque

A Muslim house of worship with at least one minaret, a tall, slender tower with balconies, used for calling the faithful to prayer.

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