Imam Definition

ĭ-mäm
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noun
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Any of various kinds of Muslim leader or ruler.
Webster's New World
The leader of prayer in a Muslim mosque.
Webster's New World
The Muslim worshiper who leads the recitation of prayer when two or more worshipers are present.
American Heritage
In Twelver Shia belief, any of 12 descendants of Muhammad regarded as divinely appointed spiritual and temporal leaders.
American Heritage
A ruler claiming descent from Muhammad and exercising authority in an Islamic state.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
imaum
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Other Word Forms of Imam

Noun

Singular:
imam
Plural:
imams

Origin of Imam

  • Arabic ’imām leader, imam from ’amma to go before, lead ℵmm in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Arabic إمام (’imām).

    From Wiktionary

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