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or a·zaan  (ä-zän′) or a·dhan (ä-thän′)
n. Islam
The Muslim summons to prayer, called by the muezzin from a minaret of a mosque five times a day.

[Arabic 'aḏān, from 'aḏḏana, to call to prayer, derived stem of 'aḏina, to listen, from 'uḏn, ear; see ʔḏn in Semitic roots.]


(Islam) Islam the call to prayer five times a day, usually by a muezzin from a minaret
[from Arabic adhān, from adhina to proclaim, invite; see muezzin]



(in Islamic countries) the call to prayer proclaimed five times a day by the muezzin.
[1850–55; < Arabic adhān invitation]
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