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 ‘alaw&imacron;, follower of Ali, Alawite (from ‘Al&imacron;, Ali ibn Abi Talib + -aw&imacron;, variant of -&imacron;, adj. suff.) + –ite1.