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 An off-center mihrab marks the direction of Mecca and enormous round discs are inscribed with Arabic characters. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 The canvas features a backdrop painted by Orkin of religious architecture modeled after Solomon's temple, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and a prayer niche, or mihrab. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mihrab. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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