Shiʽa

noun

variants or Shia or Shiah
ˈshē(ˌ)ä,
-ēə
plural -s
1
: the Muslims of the branch of Islam comprising sects believing in Ali and the Imams as the only rightful successors of Muhammad and in the concealment and messianic return of the last recognized Imam compare sunni
2
: shiʽite
3
: the branch of Islam formed by the Shiʽa

Word History

Etymology

Arabic shīʽah following, sect

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shiʽa was in 1626

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“Shiʽa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shi%CA%BDa. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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