Ramadan definition

rămə-dän, rămə-dän
The ninth month of the year in the Islamic calendar.
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A fast, held from sunrise to sunset, that is carried out during this period.
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The ninth month of the Muslim year, a period of daily fasting from sunrise to sunset.
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The fasting in this period.
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(Islam) The holy ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, during which Muslims fast between the break of dawn until sunset; they also refrain from drinking liquids, smoking and having sexual relations.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ramadan
Plural:
ramadans

Origin of ramadan

  • Arabic ramaḍān from ramaḍ dryness from ramiḍa to be scorched rmṣ́ in Semitic roots

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

  • From Arabic رمضان (ramaḍān), from ارتمض (irtámaḍa, “to be consumed by grief and sorrow").

    From Wiktionary