Maronite definition

mărə-nīt
A member of an Eastern Catholic church, chiefly of Lebanon, the liturgy of which is written in Syriac.
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A member of an Eastern Church, originally heterodox but now in communion with the Rom. Catholic Church.
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One of a Pre-Arab Semitic Christian ethnoreligious group in the Levant.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
maronite
Plural:
maronites

Origin of maronite

  • Medieval Latin marōnīta after Maro , fourth-century ad Syrian religious leader

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

  • Maron +"Ž -ite, after the Syriac saint Mar Maron, whose followers moved to Mount Lebanon from northern Syria, establishing the Maronite Church.

    From Wiktionary