Definition of Maronite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmarənʌɪt/


A member of a Christian sect of Syrian origin, living chiefly in Lebanon and in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Relating to the Maronites: a wealthy Maronite businessman
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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 5th-century Syrian religious leader, who may have been the first Maronite patriarch.

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