Maronite

[ mar-uh-nahyt ]
/ ˈmær əˌnaɪt /
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noun

a member of a body of Uniates living chiefly in Lebanon, who maintain a Syriac liturgy and a married clergy, and who are governed by the patriarch of Antioch.

Origin of Maronite

1505–15; < Late Latin Marōnīta, named after St. Maron, 4th-century monk, founder of the sect; see -ite1

Also called Maronite Christian.

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Maronite

/ (ˈmærəˌnaɪt) /

noun

Christianity a member of a body of Uniats of Syrian origin, now living chiefly in Lebanon

Word Origin for Maronite

C16: from Late Latin Marōnīta, after Maro, 5th-century Syrian monk

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Word Origin and History for maronite

Maronite

1510s, from Late Latin Maronita, from Maron, name of the founder. A sect of Syrian Christians (4c.), originally Monothelites, subsequently (1216) united with the Catholic Church.

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