Definition of sawm in English:

sawm

noun

Islam
  • Fasting from dawn until dusk during Ramadan, one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

    • ‘Sawm is perhaps the most demanding of the Five Pillars. It requires that Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan.’
    • ‘During the month of Ramadan, Muslims practice Sawm, or fasting, during the hours between sunrise and sunset.’
    • ‘If we understand what Sawm actually means, it would enable us to consequently develop compassion and care for those who are in need, for those who are desperate, for those who are hungry.’

Origin

Arabic ṣawm, from ṣama abstain from food, drink, and sexual intercourse.

Pronunciation:

sawm

/sōm/