also U·ni·ate Often Offensive
Of or relating to the Eastern Catholic churches.
A member of an Eastern Catholic church.
Origin of UniatRussian uniyat, from Polish uniat, the Union of Brest (1596), which established the churches, from unija, union, from Late Latin ūniō; see union.
- Alternative spelling of Uniate.
Variant of Uniate
a member of any Eastern Christian Church in union with the Roman Catholic Church but with its own rite, customs, etc.
Origin of UniateRussian uniyat ; from uniya, the union establishing this church ; from Vulgar Latin unio, union
of such a church