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minaret

[min-uh-ret, min-uh-ret] /ˌmɪn əˈrɛt, ˈmɪn əˌrɛt/
noun
1.
a lofty, often slender, tower or turret attached to a mosque, surrounded by or furnished with one or more balconies, from which the muezzin calls the people to prayer.
Origin of minaret
1675-1685
1675-85; < French minaret, Spanish minarete, or Italian minarettoArabic manārah lighthouse, perhaps akin to nār fire
Related forms
minareted, adjective
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minaret

/ˌmɪnəˈrɛt; ˈmɪnəˌrɛt/
noun
1.
a slender tower of a mosque having one or more balconies from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer
2.
any structure resembling this
Derived Forms
minareted, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Turkish, from Arabic manārat lamp, from nār fire
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Word Origin and History for minaret
n.

1680s, from French minaret, from Turkish minare "a minaret," from Arabic manarah, manarat "lamp, lighthouse, minaret," related to manar "candlestick," derivative of nar "fire;" cf. Hebrew ner "lamp" (see menorah).

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