Qarmatian

noun
Qar·​ma·​ti·​an
variants: or Karmatian \ kärˈmātēən \ or Karmathian or less commonly Carmathian \ -​āthēən \
plural -s

Definition of Qarmatian

: a member of a Muslim Shiʽite sect founded in the 9th century and flourishing during the middle ages as a communistic secret society that in time expanded to a small independent state on the Persian gulf from which its members raided neighboring lands

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for Qarmatian

Hamdan Qarmat, 9th century Iraqi peasant who founded the sect + English -an

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on Qarmatian

What made you want to look up Qarmatian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!