Melchite

noun
Mel·​chite | \ ˈmel-ˌkīt How to pronounce Melchite (audio) \
variants: or Melkite

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

First Known Use of Melchite

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Melchite

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

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“Melchite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Melchite. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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