from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the Christian churches in Egypt and Syria that accepted the Council of Chalcedon.
- n. A member of a Christian church using the Byzantine rite and belonging to the patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch, or Jerusalem, especially a Uniat Christian.
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- n. An Eastern Christian who adhered to the doctrines agreed by the First Council of Ephesus and the Council of Chalcedon (originally as labelled by opponents); later, an Orthodox Christian using the Byzantine rite and part of the patriarchate of Antioch, Jerusalem or Alexandria.
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- n. an Orthodox Christian or Uniate Christian belonging to the patriarchate of Alexandria or Antioch or Jerusalem
- n. an eastern Christian in Egypt or Syria who adheres to the Orthodox faith as defined by the council of Chalcedon in 451 and as accepted by the Byzantine emperor
New Latin Melchītae, Melkites, from Medieval Greek Melkhītai, from Aramaic malkāye, pl. of malkāy, royal, royalist, from malkā, king; see mlk in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Melchita, from Byzantine Greek Μελχίτης (Melchítēs), from Classical Syriac ܡܠܟܝܐ (malkāyāʾ, "royal; royalist"), from ܡܠܟܐ (malkāʾ, "king"), from Proto-Semitic *malk-. (Wiktionary)