Definition of Maronite in English:


Syllabification: Mar·o·nite
Pronunciation: /ˈmerəˌnīt


A member of a Christian sect of Syrian origin that is in communion with the Roman Catholic Church and living chiefly in Lebanon.
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  • Early writing and publishing came from the Lebanese Christian Maronites sect as the political and authoritative powers of Lebanon were concentrated in their hands.
  • Encouraged by the vigorous efforts of Anglo-French missionaries to spread education in Mount Lebanon, Christian Maronites moved toward establishing their own schools.
  • The country has Muslim Shiites, Sunnis, Druzes and Christian Maronites, and Greek Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox.


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Of or relating to the Maronites.
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  • In 1920, Maronite Catholics were probably 40 percent of the population, and with Greek Orthodox and others the Christian population came to 51 percent.
  • In 1585 a religious school for Maronite men was established in Rome.
  • This evening, I go to Mass at the local Maronite parish and speak there.


early 16th century: from medieval Latin Maronita, from the name of John Maro, a 7th-century Syrian religious leader, who may have been the first Maronite patriarch.

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