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minaret (ˌmɪnəˈrɛt ; ˈmɪnəˌrɛt



  1. a slender tower of a mosque having one or more balconies from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer
  2. any structure resembling this

Derived Forms

ˌminaˈreted  adjective

Word Origin

C17: from French, from Turkish, from Arabic manārat lamp, from nār fire

Example Sentences Including 'minaret'

It was, or had been, a mosque, the minaret of which had been destroyed: only a stump remained.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
Palm trees stood sentinel on the far bank and a graceful minaret rose against the vivid blue sky.
Barbara Erskine SANDS OF TIME (2003)
Jupiter asked, busily tying one end of the rope to the corner of the minaret.
Arthur, Robert Three in One


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