from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A monotheistic religion characterized by the acceptance of the doctrine of submission to God and to Muhammad as the chief and last prophet of God.
- n. The people or nations that practice Islam; the Muslim world.
- n. The civilization developed by the Muslim world.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An Abrahamic and monotheistic religion that originated with the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad; its followers are Muslim.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The religion of the Mohammedans; Mohammedanism; Islamism. Their formula of faith is: There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.
- n. The whole body of Mohammedans, or the countries which they occupy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The religious system of Mohammed.
- n. The whole Mohammedan world.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
- n. the civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion
Arabic 'islām, submission, from 'aslama, to surrender, resign oneself, from Syriac 'ašlem, to make peace, surrender, derived stem of šlem, to be complete; see šlm in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Arabic إسْلام (‘islām, "submission (to the will of God)"). The root is the same as that of سَلام (salām). (Wiktionary)