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Melchite

or Mel·kite

[ mel-kahyt ]
/ ˈmɛl kaɪt /
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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

First recorded in 1610–20; from Medieval Latin Melchīta, from Medieval Greek Melchī́tēs, from Syriac malkākyā “royalist” (i.e., a supporter of the Byzantine emperor), from Syriac malkā “king” + Greek noun suffix -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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