Definition of Ismaili in English:


Pronunciation /ˌismāˈilē/ /ˌɪsmeɪˈɪli/


  • A member of a branch of Shiite Muslims that seceded from the main group in the 8th century because of their belief that Ismail, the son of the sixth Shiite imam, should have become the seventh imam.

    ‘Nizari Ismailis follow Aga Khan as their leader and celebrate his birthday as a holy day rather than the Muharram, which most of the Shiites celebrate.’
    • ‘He is an Ismaili, perhaps Islam's most liberal branch.’
    • ‘A group of Shi'ites believed that there were no Imams after the seventh Imam and these are called the Ismailis or ‘Seveners.’’
    • ‘Most are Ismaili, that most liberal sect of Islam headed by the Aga Khan.’