variants or Druse
plural Druze or Druzes or Druse or Druses
often attributive
: a member of a religious sect originating among Muslims and centered in Lebanon and Syria

Examples of Druze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About a million-strong, the global Druze community is largely spread across Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 Military service is mandatory for all Jewish citizens and for male Druze and Circassian citizens of Israel. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 Yet after the horrors of Oct. 7 and their losses since, Israeli Druze see the Israel-Hamas war as becoming increasingly personal. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Jan. 2024 Sunnis, Shias, Druze, and Christians came together at a Sunni friend’s house, where a Christmas tree, gifts, wine, and a buffet of appetizers awaited us. Kim Ghattas, The Atlantic, 26 Jan. 2024 Beit Jann’s residents are Druze, an Arab religious minority found across the Levant whose roots here date back centuries. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Jan. 2024 Israel's non-Jewish population is around 20%, including Muslim, Christian and Druze, an esoteric, monotheistic religion that incorporates elements of all Abrahamic religions and other philosophies. Ruth Marks Eglash, Fox News, 12 Nov. 2023 The study found that Christians and Druze became genetically isolated following the arrival of Islam. Rich Lowry, National Review, 29 Oct. 2023 The team, known as the Greens, is a mix of Arabs, Jews, Christians and Druze that has dominated the country’s premier league. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2023

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Word History


Arabic Durūz, plural, from Muḥammad ibn-Ismaʽīl al-Darazī †1019 Muslim religious leader

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Druze was in 1855

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“Druze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Druze. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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