or Mel·kite

[ mel-kahyt ]
/ ˈmɛl kaɪt /


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


of or relating to the Melchites.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for melchite

/ (ˈmɛlkaɪt) Eastern Churches /


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


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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