Definition of mosque in English:



  • A Muslim place of worship.

    • ‘The Cathedrals do bear a remarkable resemblance to the mosques of Islam.’
    • ‘There is no suggestion that the mosque's imams are preaching anything other than peace.’
    • ‘From the top, we can see mosques, churches and synagogues and graveyard after graveyard.’
    • ‘The Imams in our mosques give sermons on so many issues, but never touch upon this topic of dowry.’
    • ‘One of the best shots in the film is of a church spire which pans up to reveal the minaret of the mosque just behind.’
    • ‘Yusef called the faithful to prayer five times a day as the muezzin of the mosque.’
    • ‘This is the view of most of the imams preaching in the mosques in the West.’
    • ‘One day the priest asked Mohammed if he might accompany him to the mosque to see what it was like there.’
    • ‘Mohammed went to the mosque with an older cousin, probably out of curiosity.’
    • ‘The town has a small Middle-Eastern community, but no mosques or an Islamic centre.’
    • ‘Everywhere I go in Beirut, churches and mosques are being built, often alongside each other.’
    • ‘Just as Zacarias was reciting verses of the Koran in French, the imam walked into the mosque.’
    • ‘The surrounding area is full of mosques and its residents number many devout Muslims.’
    • ‘After the classical period the temple was converted first to a church and then a mosque.’
    • ‘In different cities racist thugs have attacked mosques and Islamic schools.’
    • ‘Schools, churches, mosques, offices and ordinary homes are crammed with refugees.’
    • ‘In early January he was seen praying at the city's new mosque during the Muslim festival of Eid.’
    • ‘There are new mosques, Islamic schools and Quranic centres from Brisbane to Perth.’
    • ‘Mosques are full to overflowing and new mosques are being built to meet the demand.’
    • ‘Religion was being increasingly confined to the mosques and Islamic university.’

Mosques consist of an area reserved for communal prayers, frequently in a domed building with a minaret, and with a niche (mihrab) or other structure indicating the direction of Mecca. There may also be a platform for preaching (minbar), and an adjacent courtyard in which water is provided for the obligatory ablutions before prayer


Late Middle English: from French mosquée, via Italian and Spanish from Egyptian Arabic masgid.