Definition of muezzin in US English:

muezzin

noun

  • A man who calls Muslims to prayer from the minaret of a mosque.

    • ‘The main religious figures in the Muslim community are muezzins, who are scholars of the Koran and sound the call to prayer from mosques.’
    • ‘A muezzin stands at the top of the tower and calls Muslims to prayer at the five ritual times of the day.’
    • ‘As we stood overlooking the east end of town, tourists milling around us, the muezzin of a mosque down in the valley began his call to prayer.’
    • ‘The great white marble dome of the mausoleum is flanked by free-standing minarets from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer.’
    • ‘From the hilltop temple we heard the muezzin calling for noon prayers below in the bustling city of Bergama.’
    • ‘Woken up with the muezzin's call in the morning, the 400 and odd students of the school go about their curriculum in a clockwork fashion guided by caring wardens and affectionate teachers.’
    • ‘He is a Muslim, and not just a Muslim but the son of a muezzin, one whose waking hours are spent calling the Islamic faithful to prayer.’
    • ‘Yusef called the faithful to prayer five times a day as the muezzin of the mosque.’
    • ‘On July 10, the muezzin called for the Muslim prayers from the minarets of Grenada's grand mosque once again after nearly 500 years of Muslim rule on the Iberian Peninsula.’
    • ‘The muezzin's call to prayer drifted over the city.’
    • ‘Back in France, he achieved great success with his ‘ode-symphonie’ Le Désert, which includes a prayer to Allah and a muezzin's call.’
    • ‘As dusk draws closer and the muezzin calls out for prayer, it gradually turns into a debating plaza where everything is discussed: from light social gossip to serious political issues.’
    • ‘As the sun goes down the muezzins begin their calls to evening prayer from the minarets.’
    • ‘He has twice visited Mecca, has 18 grandsons and is held in great respect by everyone in Barra where he is the main landlord and the honorary muezzin in the mosque.’
    • ‘The call of the muezzin from the mosques - at first a strange, haunting cry - has now blended into the music of my day.’
    • ‘As the muezzin sounded the call to prayer from the local mosque, the bats started to come out and dart around us, flying and jinking through the air with grace and precision.’
    • ‘There were politicians, writers, imams, muezzins and social workers among his patients.’
    • ‘They are summoned to prayer by the call of a muezzin issuing from the minarets of the many mosques that dot the Palestinian skyline.’
    • ‘We are in the Fathwat al Arab (The Arab Quarters) neighborhood in central Baghdad, within the hearing distance of a muezzin calling from the minaret of the elegant al Gailani Mosque.’
    • ‘The call to prayer from a nearby muezzin drifts over the croplands.’

Origin

Late 16th century: dialect variant of Arabic mu'aḏḏin, active participle of aḏḏana' ‘proclaim’.

Pronunciation

muezzin

/m(y)o͞oˈezən//m(j)uˈɛzən/