Definition of Sanusi
: a member of a Muslim brotherhood of North Africa founded in 1837 who observes a strict and ascetic type of Islamic orthodoxy combined with a militant aggressiveness in pursuance of political goals
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!
Origin and Etymology of sanusi
after Muhammad ibn Ali as-Sanūsī †1859 Algerian religious leader, founder of the Sanusi brotherhood
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Sanusi? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).