Maronite

Maronite

[mar-uh-nahyt]
noun
a member of a body of Uniates living chiefly in Lebanon, who maintain a Syriac liturgy and a married clergy, and who are governed by the patriarch of Antioch.
Also called Maronite Christian.


Origin:
1505–15; < Late Latin Marōnīta, named after St. Maron, 4th-century monk, founder of the sect; see -ite1

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Maronite (ˈmærəˌnaɪt)
 
n
Christianity a member of a body of Uniats of Syrian origin, now living chiefly in Lebanon
 
[C16: from Late Latin Marōnīta, after Maro, 5th-century Syrian monk]

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Maronite
1511, from L.L. Maronita, from Maron, name of the founder; a sect of Syrian Christians (4c.), originally Monothelites, subsequently (1216) united with the Catholic Church.
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