[ mar-uh-nahyt ]
/ ˈmær əˌnaɪt /


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

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/ (ˈmærəˌnaɪt) /


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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