Definition of maqam in English:

maqam

noun

Music
  • A melodic mode used as a basis for improvisation or composition in Persian, Arabic, and Turkish music.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Asiatick Research. From Arabic maqām mode, melody, tune; position, situation, place, standing from qāma to stand.

Pronunciation

maqam

/məˈkɑːm/