mih·​rab | \ ˈmē-rəb How to pronounce mihrab (audio) \

Definition of mihrab

: a niche or chamber in a mosque indicating the direction of Mecca

Examples of mihrab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The prayer room contains copies of the Quran in different languages and a mihrab, or a wall facing Mecca that Muslims face to pray. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Willowbrook Methodist Hospital opens prayer room built in Muslim tradition," 14 June 2019 The mosque years also show themselves in the bold flowing lines of Arabic calligraphy on hanging roundels near the second level and in the beautiful marble mihrab, indicating the direction of Mecca. National Geographic, "This heavenly building served as both church and mosque," 22 Mar. 2019 The exhibition also features an ornate wooden mihrab, or prayer niche, from the Cairo mausoleum of a Muslim holy woman. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Landmark Exhibition Takes You Inside the Exuberant, Diverse World of the Fatimid Dynasty," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mihrab

1669, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mihrab

Arabic miḥrāb

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“Mihrab.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mihrab. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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