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mosque

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noun \ˈmäsk\

Simple Definition of mosque

  • : a building that is used for Muslim religious services

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mosque

  1. :  a building used for public worship by Muslims

Did You Know?

Mosques were known to the English-speaking world long before we called them mosques. In the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, we used many different variations of the word - moseak, muskey, moschy, mos’keh, among others - until we finally hit on mosquee, emulating Middle French. The Middle French word had come by way of Italian and Old Spanish from the Arabic word for "temple," which is masjid. In the early 1700s, we settled on the present spelling, and mosque thus joined other English words related to Muslim worship: mihrab, for the special niche in a mosque that points towards Mecca; minaret, for the tall slender tower of a mosque; and muezzin, for the crier who, standing in the minaret, calls the hour of daily prayers.

Origin and Etymology of mosque

earlier mosquee, from Middle French, from Old Italian moschea, from Old Spanish mezquita, from Arabic masjid temple, from sajada to prostrate oneself, worship


First Known Use: 1717

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Rhymes with mosque


MOSQUE Defined for Kids

mosque

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noun \ˈmäsk\

Definition of mosque for Students

  1. :  a building in which Muslims worship





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