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[mosk, mawsk] /mɒsk, mɔsk/
a Muslim temple or place of public worship.
Origin of mosque
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. Unabridged
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  • The mosque of Mehemet Ali, with its tapering minarets, overlooks Cairo, and is itself a very remarkable and beautiful edifice.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • The interior of this mosque is the most effective, architecturally, of any temple in the East.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • A mosque to most people is simply a public monument, a thing of domes and minarets and many columns.

  • It is the twilight hour as we stand in the open area of the mosque, and view the scene.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • He saw Shiraz come out and stand at the door, preparatory to setting forth to the mosque.

    The Pointing Man Marjorie Douie
British Dictionary definitions for mosque


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
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Word Origin and History for mosque

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.

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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.

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