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

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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With its glistening dome and twin minarets topped with golden baubles, the mosque of the mayor’s clan appeared to be winning so far. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israelis Play Tourists in a Bedouin Town in the Negev," 6 June 2018 For the best experience, avoid visiting on Fridays or within a half hour after the ezan is chanted from the minarets. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Mosque neighbors said the man, who couldn’t be reached for comment, has continued to use the minaret as his private perch. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "In a Coo Few People Want, Raqqa’s Pigeons Return," 29 Oct. 2018 But now, less than two years later, the old Taj, stripped of its faux minarets, concrete elephants and any evidence of the Trump name, is about to reopen as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Can Sports Betting Do for Atlantic City What Donald Trump Couldn’t?," 25 June 2018 In 2009, the Swiss voted to ban the construction of new minarets on mosques. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Swiss Canton Votes to Ban Burqas," 23 Sep. 2018 Its architecture of four minarets and nine domes tipped with crescent moons would be at home anywhere in the Islamic world, save for the large red and yellow Chinese flags fluttering from the ramparts and the wide central staircase. Sam Mcneil, Fox News, "China blames local officials for protest over mosque razing," 30 Aug. 2018 On Istanbul’s highest hill above the Bosporus, Mr. Erdogan is building the white marble Camlica mosque, appointing it with six minarets, the insignia of greatness. New York Times, "A Canal Through Turkey? Presidential Vote Is a Test of Erdogan’s Building Spree," 21 June 2018 The tower, like that of Seville Cathedral, replaced a long-ago minaret. New York Times, "36 Hours in Seville," 14 June 2018

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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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The first known use of minaret was in 1682

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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


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

Kids Definition of minaret

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

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