[ oo-mahy-ad ]
/ uˈmaɪ æd /


Definition for umayyad (2 of 2)


or Om·mi·ad, U·may·yad

[ oh-mahy-ad ]
/ oʊˈmaɪ æd /

noun, plural O·may·yads, O·may·ya·des [oh-mahy-uh-deez] /oʊˈmaɪ əˌdiz/.

a member of the dynasty that ruled at Damascus a.d. 661–750, claiming descent from Omayya, cousin of the grandfather of Muhammad the Prophet.
a member of the dynasty of caliphs that ruled in southern Spain, a.d. 756–1031: related to the Damascus dynasty. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for umayyad (1 of 2)


/ (uːˈmaɪjæd) /


a variant spelling of Omayyad

British Dictionary definitions for umayyad (2 of 2)



/ (əʊˈmaɪæd) /

noun plural -yads or -yades (-əˌdiːz) or -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz)

a caliph of the dynasty ruling (661–750 ad) from its capital at Damascus
an emir (756–929 ad) or caliph (929–1031 ad) of the Omayyad dynasty in Spain
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Word Origin and History for umayyad


"member of a Muslim dynasty which ruled the Caliphate 661-750 C.E. and in 756 C.E. founded an emirate in Spain," 1758, from Arabic, from Umayya, proper name of an ancestor of Muhammad from whom the dynasty claimed descent.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper