- 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
Examples from the Web for muezzin
In my youth, you heard, side-by-side, the church bells ringing and the beautiful, sonorous call to prayer of the muezzin.Wole Soyinka's British Problem
January 31, 2010
He extended his arms as a Muezzin does when he calls to prayer.The Lure of the Mask
The Muezzin opposite, who was courting Baia; all Algiers knew about it.Tartarin de Tarascon
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.Our Little Arabian Cousin
- Islam the official of a mosque who calls the faithful to prayer five times a day from the minaret
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-.