- a member of the Ismaʿiliya sect.
Also Is·ma·ʿil·i [is-mey-il-ee] /ˌɪs meɪˈɪl i/.
Origin of Ismaʿilian
1830–40; < Arabic ismāʿīlī (equivalent to Ismāʿīl (died a.d. 760), elder son of the imam Jaʿfar, but disinherited by his father + -ī suffix of appurtenance) + -an
Also called Sevener.
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