One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An Orthodox or Uniate Christian belonging to the patriarchate of Antioch, Jerusalem, or Alexandria.
- ‘Horowitz notes, allegedly in Weyrich's defense, that he made his statement in his ‘capacity as a Melkite Greek Catholic deacon.’’
- ‘In some of those countries, particularly in the Middle East, he has encountered vibrant Catholic communities belonging to the eastern rites, including the Maronites, Copts, Melkites, Syriac, Armenians and Chaldean Catholics.’
- ‘Arab Christians are divided between Eastern rite churches and the Latin rite churches (Maronites, Melkite, and Chaldean).’
- ‘Christian denominations include various branches of Catholicism, mostly of the Eastern rite: Armenian Catholics, Syrian Catholics, Catholic Chaldeans, as well as Latin-rite Roman Catholics, Melkites, and Maronites.’
- ‘The recent attempt at reunification between the Catholic Melkite and the Orthodox in the Antiochean church took their common heritage as the basis of a projected merger.’
- 1.1historical An Eastern Christian adhering to the Orthodox faith as defined by the councils of Ephesus (AD 431) and Chalcedon (AD 451) and as accepted by the Byzantine emperor.
- ‘Michel Sayde, an Eastern Orthodox Melkite priest from Lebanon, also cautiously believes that the Marolly house is blessed.’
Early 17th century: via Church Latin from Byzantine Greek Melkhitai, plural representing Syriac malkāyā ‘royalists’ (i.e. expressing agreement with the Byzantine emperor), from malkā ‘king’.
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