Complete Definition of "imam"

English

Etymology
From Ar. ARchar|Ø¥Ùا٠leader

Noun
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imam

  1. a Shiite Muslim leader
  2. one who leads the Salat prayers in a Mosque

Quotations
1901: Now it chanced that in one of the mosques was an Imam. (footnote: The person specially appointed to lead the prayers of the congregation and paid out of the endowed revenues of the mosque to which he is attached) — John Payne, Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp
2001: But then there's a Christian cleric and an imam on each of the country's three regional censorship boards, in Kaduna, Lagos and Onitsha, although more than one producer told me that the brown envelope worked the same magic here as in any other Nigerian Government department. — London Review of Books, 10 May 2001
2004: In the 1980s, roughly six hundred young Algerian men, many of them protégés of Muslim Brothers from Egypt and Wahhabi imams from Saudi Arabia, went to Afghanistan to join the anti-Soviet jihad. — London Review of Books, 7 Oct 2004, p.3

Alternative spellings
imaum

Translations
rfc-level|Translations at L3+
Arabic: ARchar|اÙاÙ|Ø¥ÙاÙ
French: imam m
Persian: FAchar|اÙا٠(emâm)

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