Shiʿah

or Shi·ʿa

[shee-uh]

Origin of Shiʿah

First recorded in 1620–30, Shiʿah is from the Arabic word shīʿah literally, sect
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Shiah

Shia

noun
  1. one of the two main branches of Islam (the other being the Sunni), making up a tenth or more of the entire Muslim population, and forming the majority in Iran and Iraq, which regards Mohammed's cousin Ali and his successors as the true imams
  2. another name for Shiite
adjective
  1. designating or characteristic of this sect or its beliefs and practices

Word Origin for Shiah

C17: from Arabic shī`ah sect, from shā`a to follow
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