Muezzin



[myoo-ez-in, moo-] /myuˈɛz ɪn, mu-/

noun
1.
the crier who, from a minaret or other high part of a mosque, at stated hours five times daily, intones aloud the call summoning Muslims to prayer.
/muːˈɛzɪn/
noun
1.
(Islam) the official of a mosque who calls the faithful to prayer five times a day from the minaret
n.

“official who calls Muslims to prayer from the minaret of a mosque,” 1580s, from Arabic muadhdhin, properly active participle of adhdhana, frequentative of adhanna “he proclaimed,” from uthn “ear.” Cf. Hebrew he’ezin “he gave ear, heard,” from ozen “ear.” English spelling is from dialectal use of -z- for -dh-.

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