Alawi

noun
Ala·​wi | \ ˈä-lə-wē How to pronounce Alawi (audio) , ˈä-lä- \
variants: or less commonly Alawite \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈwēt How to pronounce Alawite (audio) \

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

First Known Use of Alawi

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alawi

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

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“Alawi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Alawi. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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