Ala·​wi ˈä-lə-wē How to pronounce Alawi (audio)
variants or less commonly Alawite
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alawi was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Alawi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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