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 Three hundred yards to the east of the largest minaret, the archaeologists discovered the remains of a complex built around a courtyard, with pillars and vaulted passageways. New York Times, "How One Looted Artifact Tells the Story of Modern Afghanistan," 4 Mar. 2021 Another goal is the addition of a minaret to the building. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, "It Took a Century to Open a Mosque in Athens. Then Came the Pandemic.," 14 Nov. 2020 The mirror over the sink is framed inside a minaret made from tile, and blown glass lights dangle from brass chains like torches. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe mansion with Arabian flavor once had huge pipe organ from basement to attic," 7 Nov. 2020 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

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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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“Minaret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minaret. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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