[ soo n-ee ]
/ ˈsʊn i /

noun Islam.

Also called Sunnite. a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam, regarding the first four caliphs as legitimate successors of Muhammad and stressing the importance of Sunna as a basis for law.Compare Shiʿite.
(used with a plural verb) the Sunni Muslims.

Origin of Sunni

1620–30; < Arabic sunnī, derivative of sunnah Sunna


Sun·nism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sunni

/ (ˈsʌnɪ) /


one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam (the other being the Shiah), consisting of those who acknowledge the authority of the Sunna
plural -nis or -ni another term for Sunnite
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