Definition of Melchite
1 : an Eastern Christian chiefly of Syria and Egypt adhering to Chalcedonian orthodoxy in preference to Monophysitism
2 : a member of a Uniate body derived from the Melchites
Origin and Etymology of melchite
New Latin Melchita, from Middle Greek Melchitēs, from Syriac malkāyā, from malkā king
First Known Use: 1615
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