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

Examples of muezzin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its muezzin was locked out and prevented from giving the daily calls to prayer. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2021 At the moment of interment, as the Jewish prayer for the dead was being chanted, the muezzin from a nearby Palestinian village began the Muslim call to prayer for believers. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2020 The monotone of the muezzin beckoning Muslims to worship five times a day is usually accompanied by a rush to close stores. Donna Abu-nasr,, 20 May 2020 At mosques around the world, the muezzins who ordinarily call Muslims to prayer five times a day are enjoining the faithful to pray at home, for the first time since Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century. James Marson, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2020 Majeed starts digging into the charity activities of the muezzin, Jaffar (Nitin Madan), as well as those of Dr. Khan (Samrat Chakrabarti), a cardiologist who offers to perform an angioplasty on Baba when the old man's heart condition worsens. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2020 Witnesses said the man who was stabbed is the mosque's muezzin, the person who calls Muslims to pray. Fox News, 20 Feb. 2020 The mournful poetry of the muezzin’s call, the comfort of a day measured in prayer. Keija Parssinen, The New York Review of Books, 31 Jan. 2020 Now, sitting up on her bedding, Mayya heard the muezzin’s voice. James Wood, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2019

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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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“Muezzin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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