Definition of Shia noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    Shia

     noun
    (also Shi'a)noun
    NAmE//ˈʃiə//
     
    (pl. Shia or Shias)
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] one of the two main branches of the Islamic religion compare Sunni
  2. 2 [countable] (also Shiite, Shi'ite) a member of the Shia branch of Islam
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