min·​a·​ret | \ ˌmi-nə-ˈret How to pronounce minaret (audio) , ˈmi-nə-ˌret \

Definition of minaret

: a tall slender tower of a mosque having one or more balconies from which the summons to prayer is cried by the muezzin

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Recent Examples on the Web Along the highway approaching the city, a wall of black tarp perfectly blocks drivers from seeing the Jiajianan mosque’s minarets being pruned in the distance. Washington Post, "‘Boiling us like frogs’: China’s clampdown on Muslims creeps into the heartland, finds new targets," 20 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday, a mosque was vandalized, with a video showing men attempting to rip the crescent from its minaret. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "More than a dozen killed in Delhi clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups during Trump visit to India," 25 Feb. 2020 One day in April 2013, amid fighting in Syria’s civil war, the minaret crashed to the ground, shattering into more than 2,000 pieces of pale limestone. National Geographic, "How to gauge an unpredictable foe?," 16 Dec. 2019 For 919 years, worshipers had been called to prayer from the minaret of the Great Mosque of Aleppo. National Geographic, "How to gauge an unpredictable foe?," 16 Dec. 2019 The prayer-hall’s four minarets, topped by golden crescent moons, are still a towering landmark. The Economist, "China’s repression of Islam is spreading beyond Xinjiang," 26 Sep. 2019 Then there was the shiny, tiled mosque with towering minaret, which the village chief bragged had been built with money pooled from local migrants. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "Left Behind by Migrant Husbands, Women Break the Rules and Go to Work," 30 Dec. 2019 And in calling for a ban on building minarets at mosques, party posters depicted the towers as missiles. BostonGlobe.com, "SEELISBERG, Switzerland — Far-right and populist parties have seized influence and power across Europe in recent years, but Swiss voters appear poised to deliver a rebuke in parliamentary elections Sunday to one of the first to gain political traction, the Swiss People’s Party.," 21 Oct. 2019 In the meantime, the authorities have hauled a few monuments from the ancient city, including a minaret, a tomb, a Roman gate and a bathhouse, to the new town, saving them from the floodwaters. The Economist, "A dam threatens one of the world’s oldest settlements," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of minaret

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for minaret

French, from Turkish minare, from Arabic manāra lighthouse

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“Minaret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minaret. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of minaret

: a tall, thin tower of a mosque with a balcony from which the people are called to prayer


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: a tall slender tower of a mosque with a balcony from which the people are called to prayer

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