Car·​mel·​ite ˈkär-mə-ˌlīt How to pronounce Carmelite (audio)
: a member of the Roman Catholic mendicant Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel founded in the 12th century
Carmelite adjective

Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin Carmelita, from Mons Carmelus carmel, mount + -ita -ite entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Carmelite was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Carmelite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Last Updated: - Definition revised
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