nounpl. A·la·wites, also A·la·wis or Alawi
A member of a branch of Shiism practiced especially in northwest Syria and adjacent parts of Turkey and Lebanon.
Origin of AlawiteArabic 'alawī follower of Ali, Alawite ( from 'Alī Ali ibn Abi Talib ) ( -awī ) ( variant of -ī adj. suff. ) -ite 1