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Alawi Line breaks: Alawi
Pronunciation: /ˈaləwi/
(also Alawiteˈaləwʌɪt)

Definition of Alawi in English:

noun (plural Alawis)

A member of a Shiite Muslim group living mainly in Syria.
Example sentences
  • There are five Muslim sects in Lebanon: Sunnis, Shi'is, Druze, Alawis, and Ismailis.
  • 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.
  • "We are about 50,000 Alawites," he said.


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Relating to or denoting the Alawis.
Example sentences
  • Tripoli is home to many members of Lebanon's small Alawite minority population.
  • He was a member of the small Alawite Shi'ite community in a country of predominantly Sunni Muslims.
  • It is a Sunni town with an Alawite town less than a mile to the south, interspersed with Christian and more Sunni settlements.


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

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