Definition of Ramadan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈræmədæn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræmədæn//
; BrE BrE//ˌræməˈdæn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌræməˈdæn//
[uncountable, countable] Religious holidays and festivals
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the 9th month of the Muslim year, when Muslims do not eat or drink between dawn and sunset See related entries: Religious holidays and festivals Word Originfrom Arabic ramaḍān, from ramaḍa ‘be hot’. The lunar reckoning of the Muslim calendar brings the fast eleven days earlier each year, eventually causing Ramadan to occur in any season; originally it was supposed to be in one of the hot months.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Ramadan