ăl-kādə, -kīdə, -kä-ēdə
An international organization of loosely affiliated cells that carry out attacks and bombings in the attempt to disrupt the economies and influence of Western nations and advance Islamic fundamentalism.
A radical Islamic organization operating through an international network of secret cells: it claims to be engaged in a jihad and has been responsible for many acts of terrorism.
Webster's New World
The definition of al-Qaeda is a radical Islamic group organized by Osama bin Laden in the 1990s to engage in terrorist activities.
A group of militant Muslim fundamentalists founded by bin Laden is an example of Al-Qaeda.
Origin of Al-Qaeda
Arabic al-qā‘ida the base al- the qā‘ida base feminine active participle of qa‘ada to sit qʕd in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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