Ismaili

noun Is·ma·ili \ˌizmäˈē(ˌ)lē, ˌism-, -məˈē-\\-lēən\
variants: or

Ismaʽili

\ˌizmäˈē(ˌ)lē, ˌism-, -məˈē-\ less commonly

Ismailian

\-lēən\

Definition of Ismaili

plural

-s

  1. :  one of a Shiʽa sect composed of those who recognize the Aga Khan as imam

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Origin and Etymology of ismaili

Ismaili, Ismaʽili from Arabic Ismaʽīlīy, from Ismaʽīla.d. 760 son of the sixth imam Jafar al-Sadiq and in the opinion of the Ismailis his true successor; Ismailian from Arabic Ismaʽīlīy + English -an


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