Definition of mosque
: a building used for public worship by Muslims
mosque was our Word of the Day on 06/26/2011. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Recent Examples of mosque from the Web
Mr Hapilon is now thought to be injured and sheltering in Marawi’s biggest mosque (which the army is reluctant to attack, fearing a propaganda disaster).
Ms. Hodges said in an interview after her State of the City speech at a Minneapolis mosque, a site that served as a response to President Trump’s remarks about Islam.
Linah Mohammad KERA News special contributor Faith Forward Dallas was established in 2015 after armed protesters took to local mosques across North Texas, and two gunmen opened fire in Garland outside an anti-Islam cartoon contest.
Al-Aridi said the clearing of the mosque will likely require specialized engineering teams since the militants have likely rigged the site with explosives.
In the first three months of 2017, similar bomb threats were made to mosques in at least seven states.
And people at the mosque would ask me to help them with their long-pending citizenship cases.
A man who said he’s being targeted by Muslims for converting to Judaism has been charged with threatening to blow up a mosque, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The fire at the mosque occurred on January 28, and was ruled an arson on February 8, the Victoria Advocate reported.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mosque.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
Mosques were known to the English-speaking world long before we called them mosques. In the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, we used many different variations of the word - moseak, muskey, moschy, mos’keh, among others - until we finally hit on mosquee, emulating Middle French. The Middle French word had come by way of Italian and Old Spanish from the Arabic word for "temple," which is masjid. In the early 1700s, we settled on the present spelling, and mosque thus joined other English words related to Muslim worship: mihrab, for the special niche in a mosque that points towards Mecca; minaret, for the tall slender tower of a mosque; and muezzin, for the crier who, standing in the minaret, calls the hour of daily prayers.
Origin and Etymology of mosque
earlier mosquee, from Middle French, from Old Italian moschea, from Old Spanish mezquita, from Arabic masjid temple, from sajada to prostrate oneself, worship
First Known Use: 1585See Words from the same year
MOSQUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mosque for English Language Learners
: a building that is used for Muslim religious services
MOSQUE Defined for Kids
Definition of mosque for Students
: a building in which Muslims worship
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up mosque? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).