Definition of mihrab in English:

mihrab

noun

  • A niche in the wall of a mosque, at the point nearest to Mecca, towards which the congregation faces to pray.

    • ‘For example, at Mansura in Sind, all the remains of the mosques, one of which is pillared, have mihrabs in this position.’
    • ‘A niche in one of the walls, called a mihrab, shows the direction that the worshippers should face in order to face Mecca.’
    • ‘Inside the mosque, a niche called mihrab orients the worshippers toward Mecca.’
    • ‘Despite its simple and modest architecture it bears magnificent decorative elements seen particularly clearly in the ceiling, the mihrab and minbar (pulpit).’
    • ‘Wispy-bearded men prayed before the mihrab, an extravagance of inlaid, multicoloured stone.’
    • ‘The opening is in the shape of the mihrab, and it is covered with Arabic script and flower patterns.’
    • ‘In 1549, Jafar founded Kudus Mosque and fastened the rock in its mihrab, a niche in the mosque wall facing Mecca.’
    • ‘The mosque contains, in its eastern wall, the mihrab, an ornamented niche that points toward Mecca and toward Allah (spiritually).’
    • ‘According to the book, the area of this mosque is 30x15 feet and its mihrab and musalla are still intact.’
    recess, alcove, nook, cranny, slot, slit, hollow, bay, cavity, cubbyhole, pigeonhole, opening, aperture
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Origin

From Arabic miḥrāb ‘place for prayer’.

Pronunciation

mihrab

/ˈmiːrɑːb/