Imam



[ih-mahm] /ɪˈmɑm/

noun, Islam.
1.
the officiating priest of a mosque.
2.
the title for a Muslim religious leader or chief.
3.
one of a succession of seven or twelve religious leaders, believed to be divinely inspired, of the Shiʿites.
/ɪˈmɑːm/
noun (Islam)
1.
a leader of congregational prayer in a mosque
2.
a caliph, as leader of a Muslim community
3.
an honorific title applied to eminent doctors of Islam, such as the founders of the orthodox schools
4.
any of a succession of either seven or twelve religious leaders of the Shiites, regarded by their followers as divinely inspired
n.

1610s, from Arabic, literally “leader; one who precedes,” from amma “to go before, precede.”

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