minaret

Definitions

  • Mainly curved walls on the buildings; four minarets are visible
    Mainly curved walls on the buildings; four minarets are visible
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n minaret slender tower with balconies
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Showing domed building and minarets Showing domed building and minarets

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The minarets ofthe Taj Mahal in India are angled at 88 degrees outwards so that they would not collapse into the structure should an earthquake occur
    • n Minaret (Arch) A slender, lofty tower attached to a mosque and surrounded by one or more projecting balconies, from which the summon to prayer is cried by the muezzin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n minaret In Moslem arch., a slender and lofty turret typically rising by several stages or stories, and surrounded by one or more projecting balconies, characteristic of Mohammedan mosques, and corresponding to the belfry of a Christian church. From the balconies of the minarets the people are summoned to prayer five times a day by criers. See muezzin, and cut under mosque.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Minaret min′a-ret a turret on a Mohammedan mosque, from which the people are summoned to prayers.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. minarete, Ar. manārat, lamp, lantern, lighthouse, turret, fr. nār, to shine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. minarete—Ar. manarat, lighthouse—nar, fire.

Usage

In literature:

The sun was setting when Said perceived in the dim distance a large city, whose minarets seemed to bear a resemblance to those of Bagdad.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
Before long we descried four tall minarets rising up beyond an undulation of the plain.
"Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier" by T. L. Pennell
The golden half-moons of the minarets sparkle in the lake and in the sky at the same time.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
But there was no one in the minaret.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The minarets of Cairo are the most beautiful of any in the Levant; indeed no others are to be compared to them.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
Slender minarets lifted their lattices high in the air.
"The Golden Amazons of Venus" by John Murray Reynolds
I, poor fellow, am far from its lovely minarets and odoriferous gardens!
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
There is a fine view from the chief minaret.
"What We Saw in Egypt" by Anonymous
From each of the corners rise four lesser domes of the same matchless marble, forming graceful minarets.
"My Trip Around the World" by Eleonora Hunt
It is an octagonal building rising to a great dome, with smaller ones with minarets.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
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In poetry:

Above the pines the moon was slowly drifting,
The river sang below;
The dim Sierras, far beyond, uplifting
Their minarets of snow.
"Dickens In Camp" by Francis Bret Harte
He who hath roamed through various lands,
And, wheresoe'er his steps are set,
The kindred meaning understands
Of spire, and dome, and minaret;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
I saw thy barren hills against the skies,
I saw them topped with minaret and spire,
On plain and slope thy myriad walls arise,
Fair city of my love and my desire.
"San Francisco" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
And gazing on and farther yet,
I see the isles enchanted, bright
With fretted spire and parapet,
And gilded mosque and minaret,
That glitter in the crimson light.
"A Summer Sunrise" by James Whitcomb Riley
But I—shall see thee ever as of old!
Thy wraith of pearl, wall, minaret, and spire,
Framed in the mists that veil thy Gate of Gold
Lost city of my love and my desire.
"San Francisco" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
O heart, my heart, drink deeply ere they die,
The sunset dome, the minaret, the dreams
Flashing afar from youth's returnless streams:
For we, my heart, must grow old, you and I!
"Sighting Arabia" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

The morning mist burns off around the minaret of the Al-Fath Mosque, visible from almost anywhere in downtown Cairo, as commuters enter the Metro station at Ramses Square.
Are minaret sound systems cranked too loud.
Nestled in a high valley, it was resplendent with its domes and minarets.
They're icons of Tampa Bay: the onion-shaped silver minarets at the top of the University of Tampa.
Everything was so ornate and detailed Right up to the minarets that symbolize Tampa's skyline.
Minarets students win awards at state media festivals.
This story was written by Elizabeth Harrington, The Minaret.
Things were weird enough for four-wheelers Monday morning, but they were really, really hard for the two-wheeled set, as these Harley riders discovered at the intersection of Old Mammoth and Minaret roads.
A 59-unit row-home project proposed for a vacant lot at Ada and Minaret avenues has been given the thumbs-up by zoning administrator Peter Gilli and is now headed for City Council approval.
Minarets receives Apple honor second year in a row.
Minarets High School declared a snow day, because Friday morning's storm knocked out power to the entire campus.
The Minarets High School volleyball team (16-6, 6-2) suffered its second loss to Fowler in West Sequoia League play Oct 23 in three matches 25-22, 25-11, 25-21, ending the team's hopes for a league championship.
Minarets senior team defeats Fresno Christian 26-6.
Judging by the number of Neapolitan tourists at the Agia Sophia on a recent trip, however, perhaps the minarets and domes of Istanbul should replace it.
The Minarets Mustangs Youth football program hosted their first playoff game in the teams first year last Saturday.
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