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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maronite

Contemporary Examples of maronite

Historical Examples of maronite

  • The northern passes are not guarded by Maronite or by Druse.'


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Will not this Maronite manifestation put you wrong with the Druses?'


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • A Druse disliked a Maronite Christian, so he went quietly and knifed him.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

  • In Beirut they sought the hospitality of the Maronite patriarch.

    With the Turks in Palestine

    Alexander Aaronsohn

  • Katrina says that many of the Greek and Maronite women sing them too.

    The Women of the Arabs

    Henry Harris Jessup

British Dictionary definitions for maronite



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper