Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

imam

play
noun \i-ˈmäm, ē-ˈ, -ˈmam\

Simple Definition of imam

  • : a Muslim religious leader

Full Definition of imam

  1. 1 :  the prayer leader of a mosque

  2. 2 :  a Muslim leader of the line of Ali held by Shiites to be the divinely appointed, sinless, infallible successors of Muhammad

  3. 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


Learn More about imam


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up imam? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ