Definition of bismillah in English:

bismillah

exclamation

  • In the name of God (an invocation used by Muslims at the beginning of an undertaking).

    • ‘Each threw seven times, chanting ‘bismillah’ and ‘Allahu Akbar’.’
    • ‘Passengers were gloomy this morning, I said ‘bismillah’ to myself before stepping onto the 8.33 to Kings Cross.’
    • ‘It was only after he recited bismillah (Muslim phrase said prior to the commencement of any activity) that the lock turned.’
    • ‘‘The first thing I learnt was ‘bismillah irrahman irrahim’.’

Origin

From Arabic bi-smi-llāh, the first words of the Koran.

Pronunciation:

bismillah

/bɪsˈmɪlə/