minaret

Part of speech: noun

A slender tower near a mosque. See illus. on next page.

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Usage examples "minaret":

  1. As he spoke we saw smoke pouring from a dozen windows looking out upon the courtyard of the Temple of the Sun, and far above the highest minaret of Issus hung an ever- growing pall of smoke. - "The Gods of Mars", Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  2. Nobly rise the brick- roofed houses with their heavy gray stone walls, While here and there, above them all, the mosque and minaret; Like the voice of some enchanter sounds the bearded muezzin's calls, And the rustle of the cypress seems a murmur of regret. - "Stories in Verse", Henry Abbey.
  3. One side of the tower of the minaret was visible from the courtyard, but apart from that the place was nowhere overlooked. - "Morocco", S.L. Bensusan.