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

  • n. The Shiites.
  • n. A Shiite.
  • adj. Shiite.

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  • n. Alternative form of Shi'a.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as Shiite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of that division of the Mohammedans which maintains that Ali, first cousin of Mohammed and husband of his daughter Fatima, was the first legitimate imam or successor of the Prophet, and rejects the first three califs of the Sunnis (the other great division) as usurpers.

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

  • n. one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran

Etymologies

Arabic šī'a, following, sect, from šā'a, to spread, become known; see śyʿ in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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