Muslim

noun

Mus·​lim ˈməz-ləm How to pronounce Muslim (audio) ˈmu̇s- How to pronounce Muslim (audio)
ˈmu̇z-
1
: an adherent of Islam
2
Muslim adjective

Examples of Muslim in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Holding a wealth of monasteries, mosques and other religious sites, Nagorno-Karabakh is culturally significant for both Muslim Azeris and what was an overwhelming Christian Armenian population. Matt Bradley, NBC News, 28 Sep. 2023 India, a country whose population is 80 percent Hindu and 14 percent Muslim, has long wrestled with religious strife. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 The battle between the Muslim and Turkic Azerbaijanis and the Christian Armenians over Nagorno-Karabakh began under Soviet rule and escalated into full-scale war after Azerbaijan and Armenia gained independence. Ivan Nechepurenko Nanna Heitmann, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Published over the summer, the young adult tale follows a trio of teenage girls from three distinct worlds – secular Jewish, Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jewish, and Palestinian Muslim. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Sep. 2023 Blasphemy cases on the rise Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim nation, where 231 million people, at least 93% of its adult population, identify as Muslim. Heather Chen, CNN, 21 Sep. 2023 The 2022 election that resulted in al-Sudani’s becoming prime minister cemented the power of a coalition of Shiite Muslim parties, several of which are close to Iran and are affiliated with armed groups with links to Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard. Alissa J. Rubin, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2023 And last year, a Muslim who emigrated from Yemen as a teenager became mayor - the city’s first leader in nearly a century with no Polish roots - alongside what is believed to be the nation’s only all-Muslim city council. Allan Lengel, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2023 The Illinois Muslim Chamber of Commerce also teamed up with Helping Hand for Relief and Development to raise money for relief in Morocco. Rebecca Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Arabic muslim, literally, one who submits (to God)

First Known Use

circa 1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Muslim was circa 1615

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“Muslim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Muslim. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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Muslim

noun
Mus·​lim ˈməz-ləm How to pronounce Muslim (audio) ˈmu̇s- How to pronounce Muslim (audio)
ˈmu̇z-
: a follower of Islam
Muslim adjective
Etymology

from Arabic muslim, literally "one who surrenders (to God)"

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