noun \ˈrä-mə-ˌdän, ˌrä-mə-ˈ\

: the ninth month of the Islamic year when Muslims do not eat or drink anything between sunrise and sunset

Full Definition of RAMADAN

:  the ninth month of the Islamic year observed as sacred with fasting practiced daily from dawn to sunset — see month table

Origin of RAMADAN

Arabic Ramaḍān
First Known Use: circa 1595

Other Calendar Terms

antedate, estival, gloaming, luster, sesquicentennial


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Islam, a holy month of fasting, the ninth month of the Muslim year, commemorating the revelation of the Qur'an to Muhammad. As an act of atonement, Muslims are required to fast and abstain from sexual activity during the daylight hours of Ramadan. Determined according to the lunar calendar, Ramadan can fall in any season of the year. The Ramadan fast is considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and the end of the fast is celebrated as one of the important religious holidays of Islam.


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