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Shiah Islam

Definition:

one of the 2 main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran

Class:

group noun (groupings of people and objects)

Plural:

Shiah Islams

Member of:

Islam

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

Shi'a | Shi'ah | Shia | Shiah

Etymology:

Arabic šī'a, following, sect, from šā'a, to spread, become known; see śyע in...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Shia Islam | Shia | Shi'ites | Shias

represent the second largest denomination of Islam, accounting for 10-30% of the world's normative body of Muslims. Adherents of Shia Islam are called Shi'ites or Shias. "Shia" is the short form of the historic phrase Shīʻatu ʻAlī, meaning... (38 of 10407 words, 13 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Shia Islam

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Shiites

the second largest branch of Islam, Shiites currently account for 10%-15% of all Muslims. Shiite Islam originated as a political movement supporting ... (22 of 572 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0844916​.html

Collins Dictionary:

Shiah | Shia | Shiite

one of the two main branches of Islam (the other being the Sunni), making ... | another name for "Shiite" | designating or characteristic of this sect ... (25 of 289 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/shiah

New World Dictionary:

Shiite | Shia | Shias [plural] | Shiah [plural] | Shiism [noun, related] | Shiitic [adjective, related]

a member of one of the two great sects of Muslims: Shiites consider Ali, Mohammed's son-in-law and the fourth of the caliphs, as the first Imam and ... (27 of 57 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/shiite

American Heritage Dictionary:

Shiah | Shia [sense-specific] | Shi'ah [sense-specific] | Shi'a [sense-specific]

[plural]) The Shiites. | [singular]) A Shiite. | Shiite. (7 of 42 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/shiah

Wiktionary:

Shi'a | Shi'as [plural] | Shias [plural] | Shiahs [plural] | Shia [sense-specific] | Shiah [sense-specific] | Shi'ah [sense-specific] | Shiite [more common, synonym, sense-specific]

One who follows Shi'a Islam; a Shiite. | The branch of Islam that believes that Ali succeeded Muhammad as leader, and that places emphasis on the prophet's family. (27 of 28 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Shi'a

Oxford Dictionary:

Shia | Shi'a | Shias [related]

one of the two main branches of Islam, followed by about a tenth of ... | a Muslim who adheres to the Shia branch of Islam. (25 of 88 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Shia

Merriam-Webster:

Shia | Shiite [synonym, sense-specific]

the Muslims of the branch of Islam comprising sects believing in Ali and ... | "Shiite" | the branch of Islam formed by the Shia (23 of 71 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/shia

Cambridge Dictionary:

Shia | Shiite | Shi'ite

a member of the second largest religious movement within Islam, which is ... | describing Shias or their type of Islam (20 of 54 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shia

Macmillan British Dictionary:

Shia [uncountable]

one of the main groups in the religion of Islam. A Muslim who belongs to this group is called a Shia or a Shiite. (24 of 48 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/Shia

Britannica Encyclopedia:

Islam [religion]

major world religion promulgated by the Prophet Muhammad in Arabia in the 7th century ce. The Arabic term islām, literally "surrender," illuminates ... (22 of 881 words, 13 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/295507​/Islam

Random House Dictionary:

Islam | Muhammadanism [synonym, sense-specific]

the religious faith of Muslims, based on the words and religious system ... | the whole body of Muslim believers, their civilization, and the ... (23 of 68 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/islam

Encarta Dictionary:

Shia | Shias [plural] | Shi'a [plural] | Shi'as [plural] | Shi'ah [plural] | Shi'ahs [plural]

the branch of Islam that considers Ali, the cousin of Muhammad, and his descendants as Muhammad's true successors. | Same as Shiite | Same as Shiite (24 of 77 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861728141​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

Shiah

Origin: Arabic šī'a, following, sect, from šā'a, to spread, become known; see śyע in Semitic roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/shiah

Collins Dictionary:

Shiah | Shia | Shiite

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Arabic shī`ah sect, from shā`a to follow

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/shiah

Online Etymology:

Shia

First use: 1620s

Origin: a collective name for one of the two great Muslim sects. This is the proper use, but it commonly is used to mean "a Shiite". In Arabic, shi'ah ... (29 of 42 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=shia

Merriam-Webster:

Shia

First use: 1626

Origin: Arabic shī'a followers, faction, sect

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/shia

Oxford Dictionary:

Shia | Shi'a

Origin: Arabic šī'a "party (of Ali)"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Shia

Encarta Dictionary:

Shia | Shias [plural] | Shi'a [plural] | Shi'as [plural] | Shi'ah [plural] | Shi'ahs [plural]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Arabic šī'a "faction, party"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861728141​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Shiah | Shia | Shiite

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Shiah"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/shiah

Shia | Shiah

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Shia"

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the Free Dictionary:

Shiah

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Shiah"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Shiah"

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Shia

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Shia"

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YourDictionary Audio:

Shiah

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Shiah" by speech synthesizer

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Shia

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Shia" by speech synthesizer

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Cambridge Dictionary:

Shia

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "Shia"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "Shia"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shia

Macmillan British Dictionary:

Shia [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Shia"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/Shia

Macmillan American Dictionary:

Shia [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Shia"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/Shia

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

Shia

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Shia"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=shia​0001 word=Shia

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