mosque

[ mosk, mawsk ]
/ mɒsk, mɔsk /

noun

a Muslim temple or place of public worship.

Nearby words

  1. moslem,
  2. moslemism,
  3. mosley,
  4. mosley, sir oswald ernald,
  5. mosotho,
  6. mosquito,
  7. mosquito boat,
  8. mosquito coast,
  9. mosquito fleet,
  10. mosquito fly

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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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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Word Origin and History for mosque

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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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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