- The branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors of Muhammad.
- pl. Sunni or Sun·nis A Muslim belonging to this branch; a Sunnite.
Origin of SunniArabic sunn&imacron;, adherent of the Sunna, from sunna, customary practice, tradition; see Sunna.
(comparative more Sunni, superlative most Sunni)
(countable and uncountable, plural Sunnis)
- (countable) A follower of Sunni Islam.
- (uncountable) Sunni Islam.
From Arabic Ø³Ù†ÙŠ (sÃºnniyy), from Ø³Ù†Ø© (sÃºnna, “Sunna") + Ù€ÙŠ (-iyy).