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  1. ghazalnoun

    A poetic form mostly used for love poetry in Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, and Persian.

  2. Etymology: غزل, from غزل.


  1. Ghazal

    The ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. The form is ancient, originating in 6th-century Arabic verse. It is derived from the Arabian panegyric qasida. The structural requirements of the ghazal are similar in stringency to those of the Petrarchan sonnet. In style and content it is a genre that has proved capable of an extraordinary variety of expression around its central themes of love and separation. It is one of the principal poetic forms which the Indo-Perso-Arabic civilization offered to the eastern Islamic world. The ghazal spread into South Asia in the 12th century due to the influence of Sufi mystics and the courts of the new Islamic Sultanate. Although the ghazal is most prominently a form of Dari poetry and Urdu poetry, today it is found in the poetry of many languages of the Indian sub-continent. Ghazals were written by the Persian mystics and poets Rumi and Hafiz, the Azeri poet Fuzûlî, as well as Mirza Ghalib and Muhammad Iqbal, both of whom wrote ghazals in Persian and Urdu, and the Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Through the influence of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the ghazal became very popular in Germany during the 19th century; the form was used extensively by Friedrich Rückert and August von Platen. The Indian American poet Agha Shahid Ali was a proponent of the form, both in English and in other languages; he edited a volume of "real ghazals in English".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ghazal

    gaz′al, n. a form of Persian verse in which the first two lines rhyme, and for this rhyme a new one must be found in the second line of each succeeding couplet: a piece of music in which a simple theme is constantly recurring.—Also Gaz′el, Ghaz′el. [Pers. arghazel, a love-poem.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ghazal is ranked #41038 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ghazal surname appeared 531 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Ghazal.

    88.1% or 468 total occurrences were White.
    4.9% or 26 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.7% or 20 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.4% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghazal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghazal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ghazal in a Sentence

  1. Franz Rauchenstein:

    Malnutrition rates may further rise in areas that have already reported critical or serious malnutrition levels such as counties in Jonglei, northern Bahr al Ghazal and greater Upper Nile.

  2. Franz Rauchenstein:

    Many people in Leer county( in Unity State) have eaten water lilies in the last weeks - their only meal, the only food available, malnutrition rates may further rise in areas that have already reported critical or serious malnutrition levels such as counties in Jonglei, northern Bahr al Ghazal and greater Upper Nile.

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