Melchite

or Mel·kite

[mel-kahyt]
noun
  1. a Christian in Egypt and Syria who accepted the definition of faith adopted by the Council of Chalcedon in a.d. 451.
adjective
  1. 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
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Melchite

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Uniat Greek Catholic Church in Syria, Egypt, and Israel
noun
  1. 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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