Definition of Druze in English:


(also Druse)

nounPlural Druzes, Plural Druses

  • 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’
    • ‘Hundreds of women wept and waved white handkerchiefs, marching with Sunni Muslim clerics and hundreds of white turban-wearing Druse religious leaders.’
    • ‘The subsequent appointment of two Druze members completed the sectarian balance on the Muslim side.’
    • ‘In the seventeenth century, the Druze prince, Fakhreddine, used Beaufort as a base in his struggle against the Ottoman Turks.’
    • ‘From this standpoint, Christians, Muslims, Druzes, and even Jews could be stakeholders in the modern Arab state.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Druze, a secretive militant Muslim sect living in territory uncharted by Westerners, had been fighting the ruling Ottoman Turks for two hundred years.’
    • ‘Compulsory military service is applied to the Druze and Circassian communities at their own request.’
    • ‘The union of Christians, Sunni Muslims, and Druze was very evident once again.’
    • ‘The country has Muslim Shiites, Sunnis, Druzes and Christian Maronites.’
    • ‘Lebanon was a multi-confessional democracy made up of Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims, Druze, and Christians.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the Druze and the Circassian Muslims serve in the armed forces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For centuries, Christians and Druze (an offshoot of Islam) had coexisted in the mountains.’
    • ‘He is the son of the former leader of the Druze Muslim sect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Sunnis and the Druze seem the least affected by Palestinian resettlement.’
    • ‘It is shared by Jews from various cultures as well as by Christians, Muslims, and Druze.’


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