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also I·mam  (ĭ-mäm′)
n. Islam
a. In law and theology, the caliph who is successor to Muhammad as the lawful temporal leader of the Islamic community.
b. The male prayer leader in a mosque.
c. The Muslim worshiper who leads the recitation of prayer when two or more worshipers are present.
2. In Twelver Shia belief, any of 12 descendants of Muhammad regarded as divinely appointed spiritual and temporal leaders.
3. A ruler claiming descent from Muhammad and exercising authority in an Islamic state.
a. Any of the founders of the four schools of law and theology.
b. An authoritative scholar who founds a school of law or theology.
5. Used as a title for an imam.

[Arabic 'imām, leader, imam, from 'amma, to go before, lead; see ʔmm in Semitic roots.]
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(ɪˈmɑːm) or


1. (Islam) a leader of congregational prayer in a mosque
2. (Islam) a caliph, as leader of a Muslim community
3. (Islam) an honorific title applied to eminent doctors of Islam, such as the founders of the orthodox schools
4. (Islam) any of a succession of either seven or twelve religious leaders of the Shiites, regarded by their followers as divinely inspired
[C17: from Arabic: leader, from amma he guided]
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also i•maum

(ɪˈmɑm, ɪˈmɔm)

1. the officiating priest of a mosque.
2. the title for a Muslim leader or chief.
3. one of a succession of seven or twelve religious leaders, believed to be divinely inspired, of the Shi‘ites.
[1605–15; < Arabic imām leader, guide]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imam - (Islam) the man who leads prayers in a mosqueimam - (Islam) the man who leads prayers in a mosque; for Shiites an imam is a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law and a spiritual guide
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
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[ɪˈmɑːm] Nimán m
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[ɪˈmɑːm] nimam m
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"And what is this uniform?" Stalky asked of Imam Din, the servant, who came to attention on the marble floor.
"These I added for the sake of honour when I came to England," said Imam Din Adam smiled the ghost of a little smile that I began to remember, and we put him on the big couch for refreshments.
Imam Din--shoeless, out of respect to the floors--brought him his medicine, poured it drop by drop, and asked for orders.
"Wait to take him to his cot when he grows weary," said his mother, and Imam Din retired into the shadow by the ancestral portraits.
Therefore I packed it between our shirts," said the voice of Imam Din.
They chivied me out of it when I went to take soil for analysis--me and Imam Din."
Last year it exceeded three rupees," Imam Din said quietly.
Our chief medical officer is writing a monograph about it.) So Imam Din and I emptied out the corpse one time, with my shaving soap and trade gunpowder, and hot water.
He was bad, though; lay like a log for a week while Imam Din and I massaged the paralysis out of him.
It was all through the Hajji that we found the money for our cotton-play." Imam Din had moved, I fancy, behind Strickland's chair.
I couldn't go myself, so I told a couple of our Makalali police and Imam Din to make talk with the gentleman one time.
Here Esther busied herself, working and scolding with equal industry, until the repast was prepared; when she summoned her husband to his meal in a voice as sonorous as that with which the Imam reminds the Faithful of a more important duty.