imam

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noun, often capitalized \i-ˈmäm, ē-, -ˈmam\

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 and Etymology of imam

Arabic imām


First Known Use: 1613

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms


IMAM Defined for English Language Learners

imam

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noun, often capitalized \i-ˈmäm, ē-, -ˈmam\

Definition of imam for English Language Learners

  • : a Muslim religious leader


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