Melkite meaning

mĕl'kīt
A member of the Christian churches in Egypt and Syria that accepted the Council of Chalcedon.
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A member of an Eastern Catholic church that uses the Byzantine rite and has patriarchates in Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem.
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A member of the Eastern Church of the Byzantine rite, as in Egypt, Israel, and Syria.
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Origin of melkite

  • New Latin Melchītae Melkites from Medieval Greek Melkhītai from Aramaic malkāye pl. of malkāy royal, royalist from malkā king mlk in Semitic roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition