Sunni

noun
Sun·​ni | \ ˈsu̇(n)-(ˌ)nē How to pronounce Sunni (audio) \

Definition of Sunni

1 : the Muslims of the branch of Islam that adheres to the orthodox tradition and acknowledges the first four caliphs as rightful successors of Muhammad — compare shia
2 : a Sunni Muslim

Other Words from Sunni

Sunni adjective

First Known Use of Sunni

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Sunni

Arabic sunnī, from sunna

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“Sunni.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sunni. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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Sunni

noun
How to pronounce Sunni (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Sunni

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

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