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mosque

[ mosk, mawsk ]
/ mɒsk, mɔsk /
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noun
a Muslim temple or place of public worship.

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Origin of mosque

1600–10; earlier mosquee<Middle French <Italian moschea ≪ Arabic masjid, derivative of sajada to worship, literally, prostrate oneself; the -ee seems to have been taken as diminutive suffix and dropped

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mosque

mask, masque, mosque
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British Dictionary definitions for mosque

mosque
/ (mɒsk) /

noun
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

Word Origin for mosque

C14: earlier mosquee, from Old French via Italian moschea, ultimately from Arabic masjid temple, place of prostration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for mosque

mosque

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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