Shiʽite

noun
Shiʽ·​ite
variants: or Shiite \ -​ˌīt How to pronounce Shiʽite (audio) \
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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Cite this Entry

“Shiʽite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shi%CA%BDite. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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