mosque

[ mosk, mawsk ]
/ mɒsk, mɔsk /

noun

a Muslim temple or place of public worship.

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 confused

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
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Culture 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.

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