pl. Shi′as or Shi′a
often sp. Shi′ah
or Shi·ah also Shi·‘a Islam
- (Used with a pl. verb) The Shiites.
- (used with a sing. verb) A Shiite.
Origin of ShiaArabic š&imacron;‘a, following, sect, from ša‘a, to spread, become known; see śy&ayin; in Semitic roots.