Maronite

noun

Mar·​o·​nite ˈmer-ə-ˌnīt How to pronounce Maronite (audio)
ˈma-rə-
: a member of a Uniate church chiefly in Lebanon having a Syriac liturgy and married clergy

Examples of Maronite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This experience led him to dedicate his life to ensuring his Aramaic-speaking Maronite community would not only continue to exist but thrive and grow. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 27 June 2024 The statement was signed by USCCB President Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services and Bishop Elias Zaidan of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 23 Mar. 2024 The institutions of Lebanon's democracy were formed when Maronite Christians were the plural majority, followed by Sunni Muslims, then Shia Muslims, and finally minorities such as the Greek Orthodox and Druze. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 27 Oct. 2010 Those figures also include Maronite Christians, a closely related group. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2023 Lebanon has been without a president—a position traditionally reserved for Maronite Christians—for nearly two years because its politicians have failed to resolve a broader political crisis that has paralyzed the country. Bilal Y. Saab, Foreign Affairs, 26 Jan. 2016 Mitchell’s father was born in Ireland but adopted by a Maine family that raised him Maronite Catholic. Paul Kane, Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2023 Among those who rejected the move was the small nation’s largest church, the Maronite Church. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2023 Hezbollah’s current partners, especially the Free Patriotic Movement, the Maronite Christian party of President Michel Aoun, could lose some of their seats, according to analysts and political observers. Nazih Osseiran, WSJ, 15 May 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin maronita, from Maron-, Maro 5th century a.d. Syrian monk

First Known Use

1511, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Maronite was in 1511

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“Maronite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Maronite. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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