Definition of Alawi in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈaləwi
(also Alawite /ˈaləwʌɪt/)

noun (plural Alawis)

  • A member of a Shiite Muslim group living mainly in Syria.
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    • Alawis hold the positions of real power in the ruling party.
    • "We are about 50,000 Alawites," he said.
    • Mr. Hadimogullari is an Alawite whose grandparents found themselves Turkish citizens when his hometown, Samandag, formerly part of Syria, was ceded to Turkey in 1923.


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  • Relating to or denoting the Alawis.
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    • There was considerable tension within the Alawi community.
    • It is a Sunni town with an Alawite town less than a mile to the south, interspersed with Christian and more Sunni settlements.
    • Tripoli is home to many members of Lebanon's small Alawite minority population.


late 19th century: Arabic ‘Alawī '(follower or descendant) of Ali' (see Ali).

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