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[loo-ther-uh n]
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  1. of or relating to Luther, adhering to his doctrines, or belonging to one of the Protestant churches that bear his name.
  1. a follower of Luther or an adherent of his doctrines; a member of the Lutheran Church.

Origin of Lutheran

First recorded in 1515–25; Luther + -an
Related formsLu·ther·an·ism, Lu·ther·ism, nounnon-Lu·ther·an, adjective, nounpre-Lu·ther·an, adjective
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  1. a follower of Martin Luther or a member of a Lutheran Church
  1. of or relating to Luther or his doctrines, the most important being justification by faith alone, consubstantiation, and the authority of the Bible
  2. of or denoting any Protestant Church that follows Luther's doctrines
Derived FormsLutheranism, noun
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Word Origin and History for lutheran


1521, from name of German religious reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546); used by Catholics 16c. in reference to all Protestants, regardless of sect. Related: Lutheranism.

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