Shiite
noun Date: 1728 a Muslim of the Shia branch of Islam • Shiite adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Shiite — Shi ite, Shiah Shi ah, n. [Ar. sh[=i] a[=i]a follower of the sect of Ali, fr. sh[=i] at, sh[=i] ah, a multitude following one another in pursuit of the same object, the sect of Ali, fr. sh[=a] a to follow.] A member of that branch of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shiite — [shē′īt΄] n. 〚Ar shīʿ a, followers, faction, sect < shāʿa, to spread, circulate〛 a member of one of the two great sects of Muslims: Shiites consider Ali, Mohammed s son in law and the fourth of the caliphs, as the first Imam and the rightful… …   Universalium

  • Shiite — 1728, a member of the Shia sect of Islam, from Shiah (1626) from Arabic shi ah partisans, followers, sect, company, faction (from sha a to follow ) + ite, Latin derived suffix denoting follower. Follower of the branch of Islam that recognizes Ali …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shiite — (also Shi ite) ► NOUN ▪ an adherent of the Shia branch of Islam. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to Shia. DERIVATIVES Shiism (also Shi ism) noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Shiite — [shē′īt΄] n. [Ar shīʿ a, followers, faction, sect < shāʿa, to spread, circulate] a member of one of the two great sects of Muslims: Shiites consider Ali, Mohammed s son in law and the fourth of the caliphs, as the first Imam and the rightful… …   English World dictionary

  • Shiite — UK [ˈʃiːaɪt] / US [ˈʃɪˌaɪt] noun [countable] Word forms Shiite : singular Shiite plural Shiites a Muslim who belongs to the Shia group within the religion of Islam Shiite Muslims …   English dictionary

  • shiite — chiite [ ʃiit ] adj. et n. VAR. chi ite, shiite • 1765; schiite 1697; ar. chî´î, de chî´a « parti, bande » ♦ Relig. Relatif à la secte musulmane des partisans d Ali et de ses descendants (opposé à sunnite). Mouvement chiite. N. Les chiites. ●… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Shiite — n. member of the Shi a Islam, member of the Shiite branch of Islam (who belive that Ali, the cousin of Muhammad and his descendants are the true successors of Muhammad) adj. of or pertaining to the Shi a Islam; of or pertaining to the Shiite… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Shiite — Staaten mit einem islamischen Bevölkerungsanteil von mehr als 10 % Grün: sunnitische Gebiete, Rot: schiitische Gebiete, Blau: Ibaditen (Oman) Die Schia (arabisch ‏ شيعة …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Shiite — 1. adjective /ʃiːaɪt/ a) Of, or relating to Shiites or the Shia branch of Islam. b) Of, or relating the Shia branch of Islam. 2. noun /ʃiːaɪt/ A member of the Shia branch of Islam. Syn: Shiite Muslim …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”