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 minarets, exactly 1 meter shorter than the Washington Monument, are 13 miles away from the old US Capitol.
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Origin and Etymology of minaret
French, from Turkish minare, from Arabic manāra lighthouse
First Known Use: 1682See Words from the same year
MINARET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of minaret for English Language Learners
: a tall, thin tower of a mosque with a balcony from which the people are called to prayer
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Definition of minaret for Students
: a tall slender tower of a mosque with a balcony from which the people are called to prayer
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