Sunni
noun Etymology: Arabic sunnī, from sunna Date: 1595 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 • Sunni adjective

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  • Sunni — 1620s, from Arabic, lit. lawful, from Sunna traditional teachings of Muhammad, lit. way, custom, course, tradition. Muslims who accept the orthodox tradition as well as the Quran …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sunni — ► NOUN (pl. same or Sunnis) 1) one of the two main branches of Islam, differing from Shia in its understanding of the Sunna and in its acceptance of the first three caliphs. Compare with SHIA(Cf. ↑Shia). 2) a Muslim who adheres to this branch of… …   English terms dictionary

  • Sunni — 1. noun a) The branch of Islam that believes that the Quran is the final authority, and that their leaders have no special sacred wisdom. He is a Sunni …   Wiktionary

  • Sunni — Sunnism, n. /soon ee/, n. Islam. 1. Also called Sunnite. a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam, regarding the first four caliphs as legitimate successors of Muhammad and stressing the importance of Sunna as a basis for law …   Universalium

  • sunní — ► adjetivo/ sustantivo masculino femenino RELIGIÓN Se aplica a los seguidores islámicos ortodoxos, en oposición a los chiitas, que sólo admiten la interpretación coránica de los imanes. IRREG. en plural también sunníes * * * sunní o sunnita adj.… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Sunni — Sun•ni [[t]ˈsʊn i[/t]] n. pl. ni, nis 1) ear Also called Sun•nite [[t]ˈsʊn aɪt[/t]] a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam, regarding the first four caliphs as legitimate successors of Muhammad and stressing the importance… …   From formal English to slang

  • Sunni — adj. Sunni is used with these nouns: ↑Islam, ↑Muslim …   Collocations dictionary

  • Sünni — is., öz., Ar. sunnī Sünnet ehlinden olan kimse …   Çağatay Osmanlı Sözlük

  • sunní — sunita, sunní, sunnita → suní …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

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