min·a·ret | \ˌmi-nə-ˈret, 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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The tower, like that of Seville Cathedral, replaced a long-ago minaret. New York Times, "36 Hours in Seville," 14 June 2018 Enjoy a magical sundowner dinner on a story-book hanging-bridge over the Traful River surrounded by pure nature in a magical valley of turrets and minarets. Maita Barrenechea, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to South America," 5 Oct. 2016 Bullet holes pepper outlying houses and the minaret of a mosque. The Economist, "A jailed Kurdish leader could sway Turkey's elections," 9 June 2018 State official Pallavi Mishra said three other people were injured when the 30-meter (100-foot) minaret fell on their home in a village in Lakhimpur Kheri in northern Uttar Pradesh state on Tuesday night. Washington Post, "Winds, rain and lightning kill 38 in India," 30 May 2018 Across the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, loudspeakers on minarets urged Palestinians to rush the fence bordering Israel, where they were met by army snipers. New York Times, "Killings in Gaza, New Embassy in Jerusalem, and Peace as Distant as Ever," 14 May 2018 Medieval travelers wrote glowing descriptions of Mosul, especially the leaning minaret that local residents nicknamed Al Hudba, or the hunchback. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "Mosul’s Renowned Religious Complex Will Rise From the Rubble," 24 Apr. 2018 Like a beautician trying to smooth out wrinkles on an aging movie star, the Archaeological Survey of India, the agency that oversees the monument, has spent the last three years applying mudpacks to whiten the walls and minarets. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal," 22 May 2018 Initial plans call for a building with minaret and a dome topped by a crescent moon. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Muslim group wants to build Carmel's first mosque; residents in upscale neighborhoods object," 11 Jan. 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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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 \

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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