Shia

noun
\ ˈshē-(ˌ)ä How to pronounce Shia (audio) \

Definition of Shia

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 : shiite
3 : the branch of Islam formed by the Shia

First Known Use of Shia

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Shia

Arabic shīʽa followers, faction, sect

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“Shia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shia. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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Shia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Shia

: one of the two main branches of Islam
: a Muslim who is a member of the Shia branch of Islam

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