Definition of madrasa in US English:

madrasa

(also madrasah, medrese)

noun

  • A college for Islamic instruction.

    • ‘As mentioned above, Islamic madrasas were part of mosques themselves.’
    • ‘Irwin supports the theory that the Court of Lions was never a palace at all; rather, it was a madrasa, an Islamic college, its architecture derived from madrasas in Morocco with their colonnaded cloisters.’
    • ‘In the absence of an overall coordinating body or a federation of madrasas, each madrasa is free to set its own syllabus and adopt its own teaching methods.’
    • ‘In Turkey, most madrasas (medreses) were closed and state schools opened; at al-Azhar, secular faculties were introduced.’
    • ‘So, at most madrasa graduates can aspire to become teachers in madrasas, imams in mosques or else open another madrasa of their own.’

Origin

Arabic, ‘school, college’, from darasa ‘to study’.

Pronunciation

madrasa

/məˈdrasə//məˈdræsə/