mosque

[mosk, mawsk]
noun
a Muslim temple or place of public worship.

Origin:
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

mask, masque, mosque.
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mosque (mɒsk)
 
n
masjid, Also called: musjid a Muslim place of worship, usually having one or more minarets and often decorated with elaborate tracery and texts from the Koran
 
[C14: earlier mosquee, from Old French via Italian moschea, ultimately from Arabic masjid temple, place of prostration]

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mosque
c.1400, moseak, probably from M.Fr. mosquée, from It. moschea, from Sp. mesquita (modern mezquita), from Arabic masjid "temple, place of worship," from sajada "he worshipped" + prefix ma- denoting "place." In M.E. as muskey, moseache, etc.
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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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Example sentences for mosques
As the religion gained in popularity, large mosques were constructed.
During the ottoman rule, many churches and monasteries were converted to mosques.
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