noun Islam.

a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam that regards Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, as the legitimate successor of Muhammad, and disregards the three caliphs who succeeded him.

Also Shi·ite, Shiʿa, Shiʿah, Shi·ʿi [shee-ee, shee-ee] /ʃiˈi, ˈʃi i/.
Compare Sunni(def 1).

Origin of Shiʿite

Related formsShi·ʿism [shee-iz-uh m] /ˈʃi ɪz əm/, nounShi·ʿit·ic [shee-it-ik] /ʃiˈɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of shiite

Historical Examples of shiite

  • It is well known that Shiite teachers were especially active in Persia.

  • On the other side of the shrunken Abbasid domain there was also a Shiite kingdom in Persia.

  • On the last night many Shiite Moslems walk to the mosque in bare feet, wearing sackcloth.

    Modern Persia

    Mooshie G. Daniel

  • During this period every man, woman and child of the Shiite Moslems are under obligations to wear black garments.

    Modern Persia

    Mooshie G. Daniel

  • The most prominent university of the Shiite Mohammedans is in the shrine place of Karballa.

    Modern Persia

    Mooshie G. Daniel

British Dictionary definitions for shiite




an adherent of Shiah


of or relating to Shiah
Derived FormsShiitic (ʃiːˈɪtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for shiite



1728, "a member of the Shia sect of Islam," from Shia + -ite (1), Latin-derived suffix denoting "follower."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper