from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a Christian Uniat church, chiefly of Lebanon, the liturgy of which is written in Syriac.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of a Pre-Arab Semitic Christian ethnoreligious group in the Levant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a body of nominal Christians, who speak the Arabic language, and reside on Mount Lebanon and in different parts of Syria. They take their name from one Maron of the 6th century.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a body of Syriac Christians dwelling chiefly in the mountains of Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon.
Medieval Latin marōnīta, after Maro, fourth-century A.D. Syrian religious leader.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Maron + -ite, after the Syriac saint Mar Maron, whose followers moved to Mount Lebanon from northern Syria, establishing the Maronite Church. (Wiktionary)