Definition of Shia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also Shi’a) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈʃi:ə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃi:ə//
    (pl. Shia, Shias) Religious people, Types of belief
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  1. 1[uncountable] one of the two main branches of the Islamic religion compare Sunni See related entries: Types of belief
  2. 2[countable] (also Shiite, Shi’ite) a member of the Shia branch of Islam See related entries: Religious people, Types of belief
  3. Word Originfrom Arabic šī‘a ‘party (of Ali)’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Shia