Shiʽite

noun
Shiʽ·​ite
variants: or Shiite \ -​ˌīt \
plural -s

Definition of Shiʽite

: a Muslim belonging to the Shiʽa branch of Islam

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First Known Use of Shiʽite

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Shiʽite

Arabic shiyaʽīy partisan, Shiʽite, from shīʽah following, sect, from shāʽa to accompany

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“Shiʽite.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shi%CA%BDite. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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