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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Examples of minaret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In his new apartment in Fort Worth, the call to prayer now comes from an app, not a minaret. Giovanna Dell'orto And Mariam Fam, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Apr. 2022 Before Mariupol became a target of the biggest land conflict in Europe since World War II, the city promoted the white-walled building and its towering minaret as a scenic attraction. Mstyslav Chernov And Yuras Karmanau, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Mar. 2022 While carbon dating has confirmed that some building fragments date back 1,400 years (even the still-standing minaret of Al-Shafi’i Mosque dates back 900 years), most of Al-Balad’s tower houses are 200 to 300 years old. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The new masjid and community center are still under construction, though its new minaret, more than 70 feet tall, towers over the street. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 At dawn, the hopeful call to morning prayer rises from the village minaret. jsonline.com, 30 Aug. 2021 The loudspeakers on the minaret of the small white-marbled mosque in the corner of the compound came to life, ejecting sharp, static noises. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 An international jury last month chose a project by Egyptian architects led by Salah El Din Samir Hareedy to rebuild the mosque, part of a UNESCO project that will also rebuild the Al-Habda minaret and the churches of Al-Tahera and Al-Saa'a. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 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, 4 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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