Ba·​ha'i | \ bä-ˈhä-ˌē How to pronounce Baha'i (audio) , -ˈhī, bə- \
plural Baha'is

Definition of Baha'i

: an adherent of a religious movement originating in Iran in the 19th century and emphasizing the spiritual unity of humankind

Other Words from Baha'i

Baha'i adjective
Bahaism \ bä-​ˈhä-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce Bahaism (audio) , -​ˈhī-​ˌi-​ \ noun
Bahaist \ bä-​ˈhä-​(ˌ)ist How to pronounce Bahaist (audio) \ noun or adjective

First Known Use of Baha'i

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Baha'i

Persian bahā'ī, literally, follower of Bahā' Allāh (from Arabic, splendor of God)

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“Baha'i.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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