Ismaili definition

-ēlē-ən
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A member of a branch of Shiism that follows a living imam and is noted for esoteric philosophy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ismaili
Plural:
ismailis

Origin of ismaili

  • Arabic Isma‘īlīy after Isma‘īl (died 760), son of the sixth imam, Jafar (700?–765)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition