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[mar-uh-nahyt] /ˈmær əˌnaɪt/
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 of Maronite
1505-15; < Late Latin Marōnīta, named after St. Maron, 4th-century monk, founder of the sect; see -ite1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Wrote to ——, a friendly Maronite bishop, to give me whatever information he might be able to procure respecting Shidiak.

  • A Druse disliked a Maronite Christian, so he went quietly and knifed him.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • When very young he was sent to the Maronite college in Rome, and was transferred thence to the Vatican library.

  • Will not this Maronite manifestation put you wrong with the Druses?'

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • In March, 1865, a Maronite woman called at the Press to buy a book of poems, to teach her boy to read.

    The Women of the Arabs Henry Harris Jessup
  • The northern passes are not guarded by Maronite or by Druse.'

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • From dark hallways men and women pour forth and hasten to the Maronite church.

  • The Maronite bishop of Aleppo has here his residence in a convent, of which he is the guardian.

British Dictionary definitions for Maronite


(Christianity) a member of a body of Uniats of Syrian origin, now living chiefly in Lebanon
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin Marōnīta, after Maro, 5th-century Syrian monk
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Word Origin and History for Maronite

1510s, from Late Latin Maronita, from Maron, name of the founder. A sect of Syrian Christians (4c.), originally Monothelites, subsequently (1216) united with the Catholic Church.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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