plural -s
: shiʽite
Shiʽi adjective
Shiʽi law was not in most respects significantly different from Sunni, and most of the time the two groups managed to live in peace. Ross E. Dunn, The Adventures of Ibn Battuta, 1986

Word History


Arabic shiyaʽīy

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shiʽi was in 1728

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“Shiʽi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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