[myoo-ez-in, moo-]


the crier who, from a minaret or other high part of a mosque, at stated hours five times daily, intones aloud the call summoning Muslims to prayer.

Origin of muezzin

1575–85; < Turkish müezzin < Arabic mu'adhdhin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for muezzin

Contemporary Examples of muezzin

  • In my youth, you heard, side-by-side, the church bells ringing and the beautiful, sonorous call to prayer of the muezzin.

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    Wole Soyinka's British Problem

    Tunku Varadarajan

    January 31, 2010

Historical Examples of muezzin

  • He extended his arms as a Muezzin does when he calls to prayer.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • The Muezzin opposite, who was courting Baia; all Algiers knew about it.

    Tartarin de Tarascon

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The cry of the donkey-boy, and the cry of the cameleer, and the cry of the muezzin from the mosque.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

  • Had we been among the Moslems, we should have thought it the muezzin's cry.

    Among the Sioux

    R. J. Creswell

  • It was the same where Hamid had seen the "Muezzin" in the tower.

British Dictionary definitions for muezzin



Islam the official of a mosque who calls the faithful to prayer five times a day from the minaret

Word Origin for muezzin

C16: changed from Arabic mu'adhdhin
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Word Origin and History for muezzin

"official who calls Muslims to prayer from the minaret of a mosque," 1580s, from Arabic muadhdhin, properly active participle of adhdhana, frequentative of adhanna "he proclaimed," from uthn "ear." Cf. Hebrew he'ezin "he gave ear, heard," from ozen "ear." English spelling is from dialectal use of -z- for -dh-.

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