Definition of iddat in US English:

iddat

(also iddut, iddah)

noun

Islam
  • A period of time during which a divorced or widowed woman may not remarry, originally observed in order to ascertain if a child was conceived prior to divorce or widowhood (and as a mourning period in the latter instance).

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Charles Hamilton (?1753–1792), orientalist. From Persian ʿidda, ʿiddat and its etymon Arabic ʿiddat-, ʿidda prescribed waiting period during which a divorced or widowed woman may not remarry, specific use of ʿidda number from ʿadda to number, count, reckon.

Pronunciation

iddat

/ɪˈdʌt/