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Alawi

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noun A·la·wi \ˈä-lä-wē\

Definition of Alawi

  1. :  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

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Alawite

play \ˌa-lə-ˈwēt\

Origin and Etymology of alawi

Arabic ʽalawī, from the caliph ʽAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, central figure in Shia Islam


First Known Use: 1930


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