a member of an Eastern Church, originally heterodox but now in communion with the Rom. Catholic Church
Origin of MaroniteMedieval Latin Maronita, after Maro (lit., master), 5th-c. Syrian monk, founder of the sect
A member of an Eastern Catholic church, chiefly of Lebanon, the liturgy of which is written in Syriac.
Origin of MaroniteMedieval Latin mar&omacron;n&imacron;ta, after Maro, fourth-century AD Syrian religious leader.
Maron +"Ž -ite, after the Syriac saint Mar Maron, whose followers moved to Mount Lebanon from northern Syria, establishing the Maronite Church.