Alawi

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noun A·la·wi \ˈä-lä-wē\

Definition of Alawi

  1. :  a member of a religious sect living mainly in Syria that originated in Shiite Islam but separated from other Shiite groups in the ninth and tenth centuries

Variants of alawi

less commonly

Alawite

play \ˌa-lə-ˈwēt\

Origin and Etymology of alawi

Arabic ʽalawī, from the caliph ʽAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, central figure in Shia Islam


First Known Use: 1930


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