Definition of imam
1 : the prayer leader of a mosque
2 : a Muslim leader of the line of Ali held by Shiites to be the divinely appointed, sinless, infallible successors of Muhammad
3 : any of various rulers that claim descent from Muhammad and exercise spiritual and temporal leadership over a Muslim region
Recent Examples of imam from the Web
Muhammad A. Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Center, said Saturday.
Relatives had alerted authorities that Abedi, 22, was flirting with extremist ideologies and had been involved in a fracas at a mosque after the imam there denounced terrorism.
If somebody is an imam in a mosque that is preaching hate and violence, they get dismissed.
In Manchester, Abdullah Muhsin Norris, the imam at a mosque where members of the Abedi family worshiped, said that Salman Abedi would sit around and read the Quran, avoiding other congregants.
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Origin and Etymology of imam
First Known Use: 1613
IMAM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imam for English Language Learners
: a Muslim religious leader
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