Melchite

or Mel·kite

[ mel-kahyt ]
/ ˈmɛl kaɪt /

noun

a Christian in Egypt and Syria who accepted the definition of faith adopted by the Council of Chalcedon in a.d. 451.

adjective

of or relating to the Melchites.

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Origin of Melchite

1610–20; <Medieval Latin Melchīta<Medieval Greek Melchī́tēs royalist, equivalent to melch-<Syriac malkā king (or < a derivative adj. of appurtenance) + -ītēs-ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for Melchite

Melchite
/ (ˈmɛlkaɪt) Eastern Churches /

adjective

of or relating to the Uniat Greek Catholic Church in Syria, Egypt, and Israel

noun

a member of this Church

Word Origin for Melchite

C17: from Church Latin Melchīta, from Medieval Greek Melkhītēs, literally: royalist, from Syriac malkā king
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