Melchite

Melchite

[mel-kahyt]
noun
1.
a Christian in Egypt and Syria who accepted the definition of faith adopted by the Council of Chalcedon in a.d. 451.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Melchites.
Also, Melkite.


Origin:
1610–20; < Medieval Latin Melchīta < Medieval Greek Melchī́tēs royalist, equivalent to melch- < Syriac malkā king (or < a derivative adj. of appurtenance) + -ītēs -ite1

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Melchite (ˈmɛlkaɪt)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the Uniat Greek Catholic Church in Syria, Egypt, and Israel
 
n
2.  a member of this Church
 
[C17: from Church Latin Melchīta, from Medieval Greek Melkhītēs, literally: royalist, from Syriac malkā king]

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