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[Spanish moo-th e-hahr] /Spanish muˈðɛ hɑr/
noun, plural Mudéjares
[moo-th e-hah-res] /muˈðɛ hɑˌrɛs/ (Show IPA)
a Muslim permitted to remain in Spain after the Christian reconquest, especially during the 8th to the 13th centuries.
of or relating to a style of Spanish architecture from the 13th to 16th centuries, a fusion of Romanesque and Gothic with Arabic.
Origin of Mudéjar
1860-65; < Spanish < Arabic muddajjan permitted to stay Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • No finer specimen of the art known as mudejar existed in all Spain.

    Brought Forward R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • There are indications miserably faint and buried away under plaster, that the palace was richly ornamented in the mudejar style.

  • The building illustrates the fashion of the mudejar and Renaissance styles, almost to the effacement of the former.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • The portal is very fine, but the Moorish features are the work of mudejar and not Almohade artisans.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • Then there is the superb staircase with its "half-orange" ceiling, and the chapel with its mixed Gothic and mudejar features.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • In any case, abundant evidence exists to show that large quantities of mudejar and Renaissance tiles were manufactured at Toledo.

  • The larger is of silver, in the style now known as mudejar, and dates from the second half of the thirteenth century.

British Dictionary definitions for mudejar


noun (pl) -jares (-xares)
(medieval history) a Spanish Moor, esp one permitted to stay in Spain after the Christian reconquest
of or relating to a style of architecture orginated by Mudéjares
Word Origin
from Arabic mudajjan one permitted to remain
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