alawite

ʿAlawite

[al-uh-weet, al-uh-weet]
noun Islam.
a member of a Shiʿite sect inhabiting the coastal district of Latakia in northwest Syria.
Also, ʿAlawi [al-uh-wee] .
Also called Nusairi.


Origin:
< Arabic ʿAlawī + -ite1

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Alaouite or Alawite (ˈæləˌwiːt)
 
n
1.  a member of a Shiite sect of Syrian Muslims
 
adj
2.  of or relating to this sect
 
[via French from Arabic, from 'alaoui upper, celestial, from 'ala (vb) to excel, surpass]
 
Alawite or Alawite
 
n
 
adj
 
[via French from Arabic, from 'alaoui upper, celestial, from 'ala (vb) to excel, surpass]

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