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Sunni

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/ ˈsʊn i /
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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.

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Origin of Sunni

1620–30; <Arabic sunnī, derivative of sunnahSunna

OTHER WORDS FROM Sunni

Sunnism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Sunni

Sunni
/ (ˈsʌnɪ) /

noun
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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