Ramadan

Ramadan

[ram-uh-dahn]
noun Islam.
1.
the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. Compare Muslim calendar.
2.
the daily fast that is rigidly enjoined from dawn until sunset during this month.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Arabic ramaḍān

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Ramadan, Rhamadhan or Ramazan (ˌræməˈdɑːn, ˌræməˈzɑːn)
 
n
1.  the ninth month of the Muslim year, lasting 30 days, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset
2.  the fast itself
 
[C16: from Arabic, literally: the hot month, from ramad dryness]
 
Rhamadhan, Rhamadhan or Ramazan
 
n
 
[C16: from Arabic, literally: the hot month, from ramad dryness]
 
Ramazan, Rhamadhan or Ramazan
 
n
 
[C16: from Arabic, literally: the hot month, from ramad dryness]

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Ramadan
"ninth month of the Muslim year," 1595, from Arabic Ramadan (Turk. and Pers. ramazan), originally "the hot month," from ramida "be burnt, scorched" (cf. Heb. remetz "hot ashes, embers"). Due to the Islamic lunar calendar, it passes through all seasons in a cycle of about 33 years, but evidently originally
it was a summer month.
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Ramadan [(ram-uh-dahn)]

A holy month in Islam; the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Devout Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset during each day of Ramadan.

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