variants or Shiite
plural -s
: a Muslim belonging to the Shiʽa branch of Islam

Word History


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

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shiʽite was in 1728

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“Shiʽite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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