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

  • adj. Of or relating to any of several Eastern Christian churches that are in communion with the Roman Catholic Church but retain their own languages, rites, and codes of canon law.
  • n. A member of any of these churches.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of Uniate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A member of the Greek Church, who nevertheless acknowledges the supremacy of the Pope of Rome; one of the United Greeks. Also used adjectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of one of those communities which have separated from one of the Oriental churches and submitted to the supremacy of the Pope, and to the doctrinal decisions of the Roman Church, while retaining their ancient liturgy, rites, discipline, or other of their distinctive usages to a greater or less extent, but with some important modifications; specifically, one of the United Greeks. See united.
  • Of or pertaining to the Uniats.

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

  • n. a member of the Uniat Church

Etymologies

Russian uniyat, from Polish uniat, the Union of Brest-Litovsk (1596), from unija, union, from Late Latin ūniō; see union.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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