- a member of an Eastern church that is in union with the Roman Catholic Church, acknowledges the Roman pope as supreme in matters of faith, but maintains its own liturgy, discipline, and rite.
Also U·ni·at [yoo-nee-at] /ˈyu niˌæt/.
Origin of Uniate
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Uniate (ˈjuːnɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
- designating any of the Eastern Churches that retain their own liturgy but submit to papal authority
- a member of one of these Churches
C19: from Russian uniyat, from Polish unja union, from Late Latin ūniō; see union
Word Origin and History for uniat
"pertaining to an Eastern Christian church that acknowledges the supremacy of the Pope," 1833, from Russian uniyat, from unia "unity, union," from Latin unus "one" (see one).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper