Imam definition

ĭ-mäm
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Used as a title for an imam.
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In law and theology, the caliph who is successor to Muhammad as the lawful temporal leader of the Islamic community.
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The male prayer leader in a mosque.
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The Muslim worshiper who leads the recitation of prayer when two or more worshipers are present.
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Any of the founders of the four schools of law and theology.
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An authoritative scholar who founds a school of law or theology.
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The leader of prayer in a Muslim mosque.
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A Shi'ite Muslim leader.
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One who leads the salat prayers in a mosque.
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In Twelver Shia belief, any of 12 descendants of Muhammad regarded as divinely appointed spiritual and temporal leaders.
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A ruler claiming descent from Muhammad and exercising authority in an Islamic state.
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Any of various kinds of Muslim leader or ruler.
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Other Word Forms

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