if·​tar | \ ˈif-ˌtär How to pronounce iftar (audio) \
plural iftars

Definition of iftar

: a meal taken by Muslims at sundown to break the daily fast during Ramadan When we returned to Alexandria, in the late afternoon, the streets were deserted. It was the holy month of Ramadan. Most people had rushed home for the iftar, the breaking of the fast that lasts from sunrise to sunset.— Amos Elon Most of the time, iftars are family gatherings, held in homes or mosques during the holy month of Ramadan as people sit down to break the daily fast.The Arab American News

First Known Use of iftar

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Iftar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iftar. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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