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Sunni

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noun Sun·ni \ˈsu̇(n)-(ˌ)nē\

Simple Definition of Sunni

  • : one of the two main branches of Islam

  • : a Muslim who is a member of the Sunni branch of Islam

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Sunni

  1. 1 :  the Muslims of the branch of Islam that adheres to the orthodox tradition and acknowledges the first four caliphs as rightful successors of Muhammad — compare shia

  2. 2 :  a Sunni Muslim

Sunni

adjective

Origin and Etymology of sunni

Arabic sunnī, from sunna


First Known Use: 1595


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