Meaning of Alawi in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaləwi/

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nounplural noun Alawis

(also Alawite)
  • A member of a Shiite Muslim group living mainly in Syria.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Alawis hold the positions of real power in the ruling party.’


(also Alawite)
  • Relating to or denoting the Alawis.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘There was considerable tension within the Alawi community.’


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