From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Minaret \Min"a*ret\, noun [Sp. minarete, Ar. man[=a]rat lamp, lantern, lighthouse, turret, fr. n[=a]r to shine.] (Arch.) A slender, lofty tower attached to a mosque and surrounded by one or more projecting balconies, from which the summon to prayer is cried by the muezzin.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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