Definition of Druze in English:


(also druse)


  • A member of a political and religious sect of Islamic origin, living chiefly in Lebanon and Syria. The Druze broke away from the Ismaili Muslims in the 11th century; they are regarded as heretical by the Muslim community at large.

    [as modifier] ‘Druze militia’
    • ‘He is the son of the former leader of the Druze Muslim sect.’
    • ‘Hundreds of women wept and waved white handkerchiefs, marching with Sunni Muslim clerics and hundreds of white turban-wearing Druse religious leaders.’
    • ‘From this standpoint, Christians, Muslims, Druzes, and even Jews could be stakeholders in the modern Arab state.’
    • ‘The Druze, a secretive militant Muslim sect living in territory uncharted by Westerners, had been fighting the ruling Ottoman Turks for two hundred years.’
    • ‘The third largest Islamic group is the Druzes, a breakaway Muslim sect which has roots in earlier, non-Islamic religions.’
    • ‘Inspiringly, it brought together Christians, Sunni Muslims and Druze, all speaking with one voice for democracy, freedom and peace.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the Druze and the Circassian Muslims serve in the armed forces.’
    • ‘The union of Christians, Sunni Muslims, and Druze was very evident once again.’
    • ‘The subsequent appointment of two Druze members completed the sectarian balance on the Muslim side.’
    • ‘The country has Muslim Shiites, Sunnis, Druzes and Christian Maronites.’
    • ‘For centuries, Christians and Druze (an offshoot of Islam) had coexisted in the mountains.’
    • ‘Lebanon was a multi-confessional democracy made up of Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims, Druze, and Christians.’
    • ‘In the seventeenth century, the Druze prince, Fakhreddine, used Beaufort as a base in his struggle against the Ottoman Turks.’
    • ‘Compulsory military service is applied to the Druze and Circassian communities at their own request.’
    • ‘In Lebanon, it is easy to find children among the Druzes who speak about a previous life or are believed by their parents to do so.’
    • ‘Scenes for the series involved turning part of Almeria in Spain into a Druse village in Lebanon, where locals are totally convinced about re-incarnation.’
    • ‘It is shared by Jews from various cultures as well as by Christians, Muslims, and Druze.’
    • ‘The next notable uprising in a mandate began in July 1925, when the Druse tribes in Syria protested French mandatory rule.’
    • ‘On these subjects we had a few Druze and Muslim reporters.’
    • ‘The Sunnis and the Druze seem the least affected by Palestinian resettlement.’


From French, from Arabic durūz (plural), from the name of one of their founders, Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Darazī (died 1019).