Meaning of iddat in English:

iddat

(also iddut, iddah)

Pronunciation /ɪˈdʌt/

noun

Islam
  • A period of time during which a divorced or widowed woman may not remarry, originally observed in order to ascertain if a child was conceived prior to divorce or widowhood (and as a mourning period in the latter instance).

    Typically the period to be observed is three months in the case of divorce, and four months and ten days in the case of widowhood.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Charles Hamilton (?1753–1792), orientalist. From Persian ʿidda, ʿiddat and its etymon Arabic ʿiddat-, ʿidda prescribed waiting period during which a divorced or widowed woman may not remarry, specific use of ʿidda number from ʿadda to number, count, reckon.