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

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Origin and Etymology of imam

Arabic imām

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imam

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Definition of imam for English Language Learners

  • : a Muslim religious leader


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