Mel·​chite ˈmel-ˌkīt How to pronounce Melchite (audio)
variants or Melkite
: an Eastern Christian chiefly of Syria and Egypt adhering to Chalcedonian orthodoxy in preference to Monophysitism
: a member of a Uniate body derived from the Melchites

Word History


New Latin Melchita, from Middle Greek Melchitēs, from Syriac malkāyā, from malkā king

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Melchite was in 1615

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“Melchite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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