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imam

[ih-mahm] /ɪˈmɑm/
noun, Islam.
1.
the officiating priest of a mosque.
2.
the title for a Muslim religious leader or chief.
3.
one of a succession of seven or twelve religious leaders, believed to be divinely inspired, of the Shiʿites.
Also, imaum
[ih-mahm, ih-mawm] /ɪˈmɑm, ɪˈmɔm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Arabic imām leader, guide
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imamship, noun
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imam

/ɪˈmɑːm/
noun (Islam)
1.
a leader of congregational prayer in a mosque
2.
a caliph, as leader of a Muslim community
3.
an honorific title applied to eminent doctors of Islam, such as the founders of the orthodox schools
4.
any of a succession of either seven or twelve religious leaders of the Shiites, regarded by their followers as divinely inspired
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic: leader, from amma he guided
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Word Origin and History for imamship

imam

n.

1610s, from Arabic, literally "leader; one who precedes," from amma "to go before, precede."

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