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Alawi

noun A·la·wi \ˈä-lä-wē\

Definition of ALAWI

:  a member of a religious sect living mainly in Syria that originated in Shiite Islam but separated from other Shiite groups in the ninth and tenth centuries

Variants of ALAWI

A·la·wi also Al·a·wite \ˌa-lə-ˈwēt\

Origin of ALAWI

Arabic ʽalawī, from the caliph ʽAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, central figure in Shia Islam
First Known Use: 1930

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