• WordNet 3.6
    • n imaum (Islam) the man who leads prayers in a mosque; for Shiites an imam is a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law and a spiritual guide
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Imaum A Mohammedan prince who, as a successor of Mohammed, unites in his person supreme spiritual and temporal power.
    • Imaum Among the Mohammedans, a minister or priest who performs the regular service of the mosque.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n imaum See imam.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Imaum i-mawm′ the officer who in Mohammedan mosques recites the prayers and leads the devotions of the faithful—in Turkey also superintending circumcisions, marriages, and funerals.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. imām,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. imām, chief.


In literature:

In the name of the forty-nine Imaums, let us ride on.
"Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The island of Zanzibar belongs to the Imaum of Muscat, an ally of France and England, and is, undoubtedly, his finest settlement.
"Five Weeks in a Balloon" by Jules Verne
Pay respect to their muftis, and their Imaums, as you did to the rabbis and the bishops.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Three imaums (priests) were not classed with the officers, as they had served as privates.
"Turkish Prisoners in Egypt" by Various
The Imaum of Muscat is passionately fond of horses, and devotes considerable time and attention to their breeding.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 20, Issue 560, August 4, 1832" by Various
The Imaum Bara is said to contain the largest arched room in the world, a fact which we very much doubted.
"A Journey to Katmandu (the Capital of Napaul), with The Camp of Jung Bahadoor; including A Sketch of the Nepaulese Ambassador at Home" by Laurence Oliphant
Morgiana had scarcely got home before the imaum and the other ministers of the mosque arrived.
"The Arabian Nights" by Unknown
The chant of the Imaum rang up from the shore, deep and sonorous, calling on the Faithful to prayer, an hour before midnight.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Imaums, Brahmins, priests of Jupiter, priests of Baal, are all to be held sacred.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Would the Grand Imaum of Mecca?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 9, 1887." by Various