any Western Christian who is not an adherent of a Catholic, Anglican, or Eastern Church.
an adherent of any of those Christian bodies that separated from the Church of Rome during the Reformation, or of any group descended from them, usually excluding the Anabaptists.
(originally) any of the German princes who protested against the decision of the Diet of Speyer in 1529, which had denounced the Reformation.
protestant, a person who protests.
belonging or relating to Protestants or their religion.
- an·ti-Prot·es·tant, adjective, noun
- non-Prot·es·tant, adjective, noun
- pro-Prot·es·tant, adjective, noun
- un·prot·es·tant, adjective
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How to use Protestant in a sentence
There were a few German Americans, a few Jews, and just five white Protestant aldermen.
The Protestant-run Bethany Home was set up in Dublin in 1921 and closed in 1972.Ireland’s ‘Mother and Baby Home’ Horror Goes Beyond Tuam’s Dead Infants | Patsy McGarry | June 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And mainline Protestant denominations find themselves shrinking.
Mainline Protestant denominations are in marked decline and Evangelical Christianity is in slow retrograde.
I am a white evangelical Protestant, or at least I was until persuaded to leave a couple of years ago.
Hugh Brady, appointed by patent in 1563, was a purely Protestant bishop.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
So, as he tells us, did one more Protestant pass over to the worship of Lucifer.Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
Sometimes Mazzini speaks as if he accepted the whole Protestant doctrine of individual judgment, and in a sense he does.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
It was a virtuous deed to slaughter Protestant men and women until they were all exterminated.Is Ulster Right? | Anonymous
But the new Protestant teachers were much more enthusiastic about the Bible.Stories That Words Tell Us | Elizabeth O'Neill
British Dictionary definitions for Protestant
an adherent of Protestantism
(as modifier): the Protestant Church
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Cultural definitions for Protestant
A Christian belonging to one of the three great divisions of Christianity (the other two are the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church). Protestantism began during the Renaissance as a protest against the established (Roman Catholic) church (see also established church). That protest, led by Martin Luther, was called the Reformation, because it sprang from a desire to reform the church and cleanse it of corruption, such as the selling of indulgences.
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