Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors of Muhammad.
  • n. A Muslim belonging to this branch; a Sunnite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The branch of Islam based on the Qur'an, the Kutub al-Sittah (and other hadiths) and that places emphasis on the sahaba.
  • n. A follower of that belief.
  • adj. Related to the Sunni branch of Islam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An orthodox Moslem; a Sunnite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors to Muhammad
  • n. one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam

Etymologies

Arabic sunnī, adherent of the Sunna, from sunna, customary practice, tradition; see Sunna.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic سنة (súnna) (Sunna) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Shame on you Reuters for using the term "Sunni district!"

    Reuters: Top News

  • But of course, awaiting their reply, we'll consult among ourselves the four lists -- the Kurdish Alliance, the Accord List, which you call the Sunni list, ourselves and the (inaudible), which is the Dialogue Council.

    CNN Transcript Mar 5, 2006

  • CHANCE: Well, we do seem to be seeing a pattern develop where this insurgency, which has mainly been focused on the Sunni areas, what we call the Sunni Triangle to the immediate north and to the west of Baghdad, spread out to other areas of the country as well.

    CNN Transcript Nov 16, 2003

  • (Sunni comes from the Arabic word Sunna, meaning “tradition.

    Muslims, Shi'ite and Sunni

  • Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, recently told me that he has sensed an oncoming revolution in Sunni thinking.

    How Iran Could Save the Middle East

  • They are able to do that because their billions of dollars trained cadres of Shiites proselytizing in Sunni countries.

    How Iran Could Save the Middle East

  • It was widely believed that members of the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki controlled violent gangs that targeted rivals in Sunni neighborhoods.

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  • Now he's back, in a new Iraq where he, a Sunni, is known for the song, but cannot perform it.

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  • With the rise in Sunni numbers, there was also a rise in sectarian violence, but this it seems was qualitatively and quantitatively at far lower levels than what was to come.

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  • The attacks appeared directed mostly at the city's majority Shiite population, though some blasts occurred in Sunni neighborhoods as well.

    World Watch

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