mu·​ez·​zin | \ mü-ˈe-zᵊn How to pronounce muezzin (audio) , myü-; ˈmwe-zᵊn\

Definition of muezzin

: a Muslim crier who calls the hour of daily prayers

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By Samira Ahmed Babr woke at dawn to the muezzin’s call and the swoosh swoosh of street sweepers. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 Along with the muezzin’s call to prayer the unfamiliar sound of laughter can be heard. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018 Then a cannon booms and a muezzin's voice rings out. Fox News, "Moroccans break Ramadan fast on beach with song, dance, food," 13 June 2018 Then a cannon booms and a muezzin’s voice rings out. Washington Post, "Moroccans break Ramadan fast on beach with song, dance, food," 12 June 2018 The mosque’s imam and muezzin were at the funeral, too, their heads swathed in bandages after being wounded in the attack. Carlotta Gall, New York Times, "On Turkey’s Border With Syria, Many Are Eager for War," 26 Jan. 2018 Without electricity or loudspeakers to broadcast the call to prayer, muezzins must rely on the strength of their own voices for the five-times-a-day ritual. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bangladesh opens doors – and hearts – to fleeing Rohingya," 3 Oct. 2017 And Norman Sider, a 49-year member of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, was reminded by the sound of the call to prayer to the streets in Israel where the muezzin's calls were heard over loudspeakers. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "A call to Muslim Ramadan prayer in a most unusual place," 23 June 2017 Visitors looking for a minaret or trying to follow the call of the muezzin will search in vain. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Seattle Times, "Germany opens its first liberal mosque in Berlin," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of muezzin

1585, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muezzin

ultimately from Arabic mu'adhdhin

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