noun Islam.
Also called Sunnite. a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam, regarding the first four caliphs as legitimate successors of Muhammad and stressing the importance of Sunna as a basis for law. Compare Shiʿite.
(used with a plural verb) the Sunni Muslims.

1620–30; < Arabic sunnī, derivative of sunnah Sunna

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Sunni (ˈsʌnɪ)
n , -nis, -ni
1.  one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam (the other being the Shiah), consisting of those who acknowledge the authority of the Sunna
2.  another term for Sunnite

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1626, from Arabic, lit. "lawful," from Sunna "traditional teachings of Muhammad," lit. "way, custom, course, tradition." Muslims who accept the orthodox tradition as well as the Quran.
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