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Magi Tweet Definition of Magi Like Definition of Magi on Facebook
proper noun (plurale tantum)
  1. (context, Christian Bible) The three wise men that met the baby Jesus at the Epiphany.
  2. (astronomy) The three bright stars that form Orion's Belt.
magus Tweet Definition of magus Like Definition of magus on Facebook
noun (magi)
  1. A magician, mage.
  2. A priest or astrologer of the ancient Persian religion of Zoroaster (meaning "wise man").
Mahdi Tweet Definition of Mahdi Like Definition of Mahdi on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Islam) a leader in Shia eschatology who is assumed to appear, save the world & make peace worldwide.
mantra Tweet Definition of mantra Like Definition of mantra on Facebook
  1. the hymn portions of the Vedas; any passage of these used as a prayer
  2. A phrase repeated to assist concentration during meditation, orig. in Hinduism
  3. gen., a slogan or phrase often repeated
Marduk Tweet Definition of Marduk Like Definition of Marduk on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Planet X, the mythical/hypothetical tenth planet in our solar system.
  2. An Egyptian god, patron saint of ancient Babylon.
math Tweet Definition of math Like Definition of math on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, mathematics)
(context, North America)
  1. (uncountable) Short form of mathematics.
  2. (uncountable) Arithmetic calculation, calculations. (italbrac, See do the math)
    • If you do the , you'll see that it"s not such a bargain.
    • $170 a month? That doesn"t sound right. Let me check your .
      1. (countable) A math course.
      They needed to take two more maths
Maya Tweet Definition of Maya Like Definition of Maya on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A member of a Mesoamerican civilization that existed in and around Mexico in the 4th to 10th centuries.
  2. A descendant of these people.
  3. Any of the Mayan languages, such as Quiché and Yucatec.
  4. (given name, female) recently taken into general use, also associated with Maia.
  5. In Sanskrit, illusion; God"s physical and metaphysical creation (literally, "not this").
mimbar Tweet Definition of mimbar Like Definition of mimbar on Facebook
  1. A pulpit in a mosque from which the leader of prayers delivers the khutbah.
    • 1942: Here too the pulpit was like a in a mosque " Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 795)
    • 2002: There is only a pulpit for the preacher, which stands along the left side, and on the right is the , that is a flight of stairs with ten steps. " John Avetaranian, Richard Schafer, The Muslim Who Became a Christian (Authors On Line 2003, p. 122)
Mithraism Tweet Definition of Mithraism Like Definition of Mithraism on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (religion) A religious cult of Eastern origin that flourished in the late Roman Empire, rivaling Christianity.
Mithras Tweet Definition of Mithras Like Definition of Mithras on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Greco-Roman god, central to Mithraism. He was adapted from the Indo-Iranian god Mithra, Mitra.
Moksha Tweet Definition of Moksha Like Definition of Moksha on Facebook
  1. A language of the Finnic branch of the Uralic language family, spoken by about 428,000 people in the western and southern parts of Mordovia, an independent republic within Russia, and the adjacent regions of Tambov, Penza, Samara, Ulyanovsk, Saratov, Tatarstan, Buguruslan and Bashkortostan.
Moslem Tweet Definition of Moslem Like Definition of Moslem on Facebook
  1. A person who is a follower and believer of the Islamic faith.
  1. Relating to believers of Islam.
mosque Tweet Definition of mosque Like Definition of mosque on Facebook
  1. (Islam) A place of worship for muslims, (corresponding to a church or synagogue), having at least one minaret; a masjid.
muezzin Tweet Definition of muezzin Like Definition of muezzin on Facebook
  1. The person in a mosque who calls to prayer from one of the minarets.
mufti Tweet Definition of mufti Like Definition of mufti on Facebook
  1. (countable) (Islam) A Muslim scholar and interpreter of shari'a, shari"a law, who can deliver a fatwa
  2. (uncountable) (British) Civilian dress when worn by a member of the military, or casual dress when worn by a pupil of a school who normally would wear uniform
Muharram Tweet Definition of Muharram Like Definition of Muharram on Facebook
noun (or Muharram ul Haram)
  1. The first month of the Islamic calendar.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, "His Chance in Life", Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 56:
    • :These, hearing nothing of the Collector-Sahib for some time, and heartily despising the Hindu Sub-Judge, arranged to start a little Mohurrum riot of their own.
      1. A Shiite festival held during its first ten days; Ashura.
mullah Tweet Definition of mullah Like Definition of mullah on Facebook
  1. (Islam) A Muslim religious scholar and teacher
Muslim Tweet Definition of Muslim Like Definition of Muslim on Facebook
  1. A person who is a follower and believer of the Islamic faith.
  1. Relating to believers of Islam.
Mussulman Tweet Definition of Mussulman Like Definition of Mussulman on Facebook
noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
(plural: Mussulmans or Mussulmen)
  1. (archaic) a Muslim

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