Meaning of “Islam” in the English Dictionary

"Islam" in British English

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Islamnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈɪz.lɑːm/ /ˈɪz.læm/ us /ˈɪz.lɑːm/ /ˈɪz.læm/

the Muslim religion, and the people and countries who believe in it


  • Followers of Islam are known as Muslims, or Moslems.
  • In Islam there are five essential religious duties, called the Pillars of Islams.
  • The religious studies course covers Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.
  • The name for God in Islam is Allah, proclaimed by Mohammed as the sole God, the creator and sustainer of all things.
  • Most of the students at our school practise Islam as this is a largely Muslim community.
adjective uk /ɪzˈlæm.ɪk/ /ɪzˈlɑː.mɪk/ us /ɪzˈlæm.ɪk/ /ɪzˈlɑː.mɪk/

(Definition of “Islam” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Islam" in American English

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Islamnoun [ U ]

us /ɪsˈlɑm, ɪz-/ us /ˈɪs·lɑm, ˈɪz/

a religion based on a belief in one God and the teaching of Muhammad:

Islam is the religion of the Muslims.
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ɪsˈlɑ·mɪk, ɪz-, -ˈlæm·ik/

Islamic art
an Islamic country

(Definition of “Islam” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)