isma`ili

Ismaʿilian

[is-mey-il-ee-uhn]
noun Islam.
a member of the Ismaʿiliya sect.
Also, Ismaʿili [is-mey-il-ee] .
Also called Sevener.


Origin:
1830–40; < Arabic ismāʿīlī (equivalent to Ismāʿīl (died a.d. 760), elder son of the imam Jaʿfar, but disinherited by his father + suffix of appurtenance) + -an

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