[ ram-uh-dahn ]
/ ˌræm əˈdɑn /

noun Islam.

the ninth month of the Muslim calendar.Compare Muslim calendar.
the daily fast that is rigidly enjoined from dawn until sunset during this month.


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Origin of Ramadan

First recorded in 1590–1600, Ramadan is from the Arabic word ramaḍān
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British Dictionary definitions for ramadan


Rhamadhan Ramazan (ˌræməˈzɑːn)

/ (ˌræməˈdɑːn) /


the ninth month of the Muslim year, lasting 30 days, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset
the fast itself

Word Origin for Ramadan

C16: from Arabic, literally: the hot month, from ramad dryness
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Cultural definitions for ramadan

[ (ram-uh-dahn) ]

A holy month in Islam; the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Devout Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset during each day of Ramadan.

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