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imam

noun, often capitalized \i-ˈmäm, ē-ˈ, -ˈmam\

: a Muslim religious leader

Full Definition of IMAM

1
:  the prayer leader of a mosque
2
:  a Muslim leader of the line of Ali held by Shiites to be the divinely appointed, sinless, infallible successors of Muhammad
3
:  any of various rulers that claim descent from Muhammad and exercise spiritual and temporal leadership over a Muslim region

Origin of IMAM

Arabic imām
First Known Use: 1613

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

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