- 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
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- of or relating to the Uniat Greek Catholic Church in Syria, Egypt, and Israel
- a member of this Church
C17: from Church Latin Melchīta, from Medieval Greek Melkhītēs, literally: royalist, from Syriac malkā king
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