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Ramadan

[ram-uh-dahn] /ˌræm əˈdɑn/
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
1590-1600; < Arabic ramaḍān
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British Dictionary definitions for Ramadan

Ramadan

/ˌræməˈdɑːn/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Arabic, literally: the hot month, from ramad dryness
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Word Origin and History for Ramadan
n.

ninth month of the Muslim year, 1590s, from Arabic Ramadan (Turkish and Persian ramazan), originally "the hot month," from ramida "be burnt, scorched" (cf. Mishnaic Hebrew remetz "hot ashes, embers"). In 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 in Culture
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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