- a Christian in Egypt and Syria who accepted the definition of faith adopted by the Council of Chalcedon in a.d. 451.
- of or relating to the Melchites.
Origin of Melchite
1610–20; < Medieval Latin Melchīta < Medieval Greek Melchī́tēs royalist, equivalent to melch- < Syriac malkā king (or < a derivative adj. of appurtenance) + -ītēs -ite1
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Examples from the Web for melchite
And what business had a Melchite at Memphis, under the roof of a good Jacobite?
He had come to-night prompted by his desire to see the condemned Melchite.
A grandson of Menas, the brother of two martyrs for our glorious faith, married to a Melchite!
Melampus, the chief shipbuilder, was a Greek and a zealous Melchite, though he no longer dared to confess his creed openly.
This proved to be the Melchite patriarch, for in those days Koptic priests practised medicine and cultivated other sciences.
- of or relating to the Uniat Greek Catholic Church in Syria, Egypt, and Israel
- a member of this Church
C17: from Church Latin Melchīta, from Medieval Greek Melkhītēs, literally: royalist, from Syriac malkā king
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