[is-mey-il-ee-uh n]

noun Islam.

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 + suffix of appurtenance) + -an
Also called Sevener. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019