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[shee-ahyt] /ˈʃi aɪt/
noun, Islam.
a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam that regards Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, as the legitimate successor of Muhammad, and disregards the three caliphs who succeeded him.
Also, Shiite, Shiʿa, Shiʿah, Shiʿi
[shee-ee, shee-ee] /ʃiˈi, ˈʃi i/ (Show IPA)
Compare Sunni (def 1).
Origin of Shiʿite
Related forms
[shee-iz-uh m] /ˈʃi ɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
[shee-it-ik] /ʃiˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is well known that shiite teachers were especially active in Persia.

  • On the last night many shiite Moslems walk to the mosque in bare feet, wearing sackcloth.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • On the other side of the shrunken Abbasid domain there was also a shiite kingdom in Persia.

  • The most prominent university of the shiite Mohammedans is in the shrine place of Karballa.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • During this period every man, woman and child of the shiite Moslems are under obligations to wear black garments.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
British Dictionary definitions for shiite


an adherent of Shiah
of or relating to Shiah
Derived Forms
Shiitic (ʃiːˈɪtɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for shiite



1728, "a member of the Shia sect of Islam," from Shia + -ite (1), Latin-derived suffix denoting "follower."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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