Definition of Mechitarist in English:

Mechitarist

(also Mekhitarist, Mkhit'arist)

noun

  • A member of a congregation of Uniate Armenian monks devoted especially to the study and publication of texts in Armenian, founded by Mechitar in 1701.

adjective

  • Of or belonging to the Mechitarists.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From Italian Mechitarista or its probable etymon post-classical Latin Mechitarista from the name of Mechitar (Armenian Məxitar Comforter), pseudonym of Manuk, Turkish-born Armenian priest, who founded the religious congregation + -ista.

Pronunciation

Mechitarist

/ˈmɛkɪtɑːrɪst/