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noun Islam.
  1. the ninth month of the Muslim calendar.Compare Muslim calendar.
  2. 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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Rhamadhan Ramazan (ˌræməˈzɑːn)

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

C16: from Arabic, literally: the hot month, from ramad dryness
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Word Origin and History for ramadan



ninth month of the Muslim year, 1590s, from Arabic Ramadan (Turkish and Persian ramazan), originally "the hot month," from ramida "be burnt, scorched" (cf. Mishnaic Hebrew remetz "hot ashes, embers"). In the Islamic lunar calendar, it passes through all seasons in a cycle of about 33 years, but evidently originally it was a summer month.

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ramadan in Culture



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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