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minaret (ˌmɪnəˈrɛt Pronunciation for minaret ; ˈmɪnəˌrɛt Pronunciation for minaret



  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'

A stunning copper dome and ornate minaret rise from a large, open site.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
But the ASI is at odds with some Indian historians who fear the southwest minaret is tilting dangerously.
New Scientist (2004)
Christians had said the mosque was an affront to them because its minaret was taller than the chief's palace.
CBC (2004)
For just outside the window and across the street was the enormous green dome of a mosque and a tall slender white minaret.
Kewley, Vanya Tibet - Behind the Ice Curtain
Iraqi troops also secured the town's renowned spiral minaret.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
It was, or had been, a mosque, the minaret of which had been destroyed: only a stump remained.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
Jupiter asked, busily tying one end of the rope to the corner of the minaret.
Arthur, Robert Three in One
Palm trees stood sentinel on the far bank and a graceful minaret rose against the vivid blue sky.
Barbara Erskine SANDS OF TIME (2003)
The copper dome and a smaller counterpart atop the minaret are crowned with the crescent symbol.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)


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