Complete Definition of "ghazal"

English

Etymology
Via Persian, from Arab. ARchar|غزل (gházal, ‘love poetry’), from ARchar|غزل (gházala ‘to spin,’ ‘to display amorous behavior’) (but popularly associated with ARchar|غزال ghazāl ‘gazelle’).

Pronunciation
IPA|/'gæzæl/, foreign /ʕazal/

Noun
en-noun

  1. A poetic form mostly used for love poetry in Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, and especially Persian.

#*2001: Indeed, this is a realm where colors harmoniously recite magnificent ghazals to each other, where time stops, where the Devil never appears. — Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red, tr. Erdağ M. Göknar
#*2005: A poet could explain him to himself but he was a soldier and had no place to go for ghazals or odes. — Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown (Vintage 2006, p. 100)

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