noun Mel·chite \ˈmel-ˌkīt\
variants: or



Definition of Melchite

  1. 1 :  an Eastern Christian chiefly of Syria and Egypt adhering to Chalcedonian orthodoxy in preference to Monophysitism

  2. 2 :  a member of a Uniate body derived from the Melchites

Origin and Etymology of melchite

New Latin Melchita, from Middle Greek Melchitēs, from Syriac malkāyā, from malkā king

First Known Use: 1615

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