[ is-mey-il-ee-uhn ]

  1. a member of the Ismaʿiliya sect.

Origin of Ismaʿilian

First recorded in 1830–40; from Arabic ismāʿīlī, equivalent to Ismāʿīl (died a.d. 760), elder son of the imam Jaʿfar, but disinherited by his father + a suffix indicating relationship or origin) + -an
  • Also Is·ma·ʿil·i [is-mey-il-ee]. /ˌɪs meɪˈɪl i/.

Words Nearby Ismaʿilian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023