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A member of an Eastern Catholic church, chiefly of Lebanon, the liturgy of which is written in Syriac.

[Medieval Latin marōnīta, after Maro, fourth-century ad Syrian religious leader.]

Mar′o·nite′ adj.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a member of a body of Uniats of Syrian origin, now living chiefly in Lebanon
[C16: from Late Latin Marōnīta, after Maro, 5th-century Syrian monk]


(ˈmær əˌnaɪt)

a member of a Uniate church, chiefly in Lebanon, having a Syriac liturgy.
[1505–15; < Medieval Latin Marōnīta, allegedly after St. Maron or Maro (d. 407), a Syrian monastic; see -ite1]
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