Alawi

noun
Ala·​wi | \ˈä-lə-wē, ˈä-lä-\
variants: or less commonly Alawite \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈwēt \

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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