follow Dictionary.com

Love words? Sign up for our Word of the Day!

mosque

[mosk, mawsk] /mɒsk, mɔsk/
noun
1.
a Muslim temple or place of public worship.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; earlier mosquee < Middle French < Italian moscheaArabic masjid, derivative of sajada to worship, literally, prostrate oneself; the -ee seems to have been taken as diminutive suffix and dropped
Can be confused
mask, masque, mosque.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for mosque
  • In this same year, a small mosque was founded in an old workshop.
  • In the center of the city lay the mosque, as well as headquarters for guards.
  • Concepts of ottoman architecture mainly circle around the mosque.
  • The mosque was integral to society, city planning and communal life.
British Dictionary definitions for mosque

mosque

/mɒsk/
noun
1.
a Muslim place of worship, usually having one or more minarets and often decorated with elaborate tracery and texts from the Koran Also called masjid, musjid
Word Origin
C14: earlier mosquee, from Old French via Italian moschea, ultimately from Arabic masjid temple, place of prostration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for mosque
n.

1717, earlier moseak (c.1400), also mosquee (16c.), probably in part from Middle French mosquée, from Italian moschea, earlier moscheta, from Spanish mesquita (modern mezquita), from Arabic masjid "temple, place of worship," from sajada "he worshipped" + prefix ma- denoting "place." Mangled in Middle English as muskey, moseache, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
mosque in Culture

mosque definition


A Muslim house of worship with at least one minaret, a tall, slender tower with balconies, used for calling the faithful to prayer.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for mosque

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for mosque

17
19
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with mosque

Nearby words for mosque