1. a member of a Christian denomination that baptizes believers by immersion and that is usually Calvinistic in doctrine.
  2. (lowercase) a person who baptizes.
  3. the Baptist. John the Baptist.
  1. Also Bap·tis·tic. of or relating to Baptists or their doctrines or practices.

Origin of Baptist

1150–1200; Middle English baptiste < Old French < Late Latin baptista < Greek baptistḗs, equivalent to bapt(ízein) to baptize + -istēs -ist
Related formsnon-Bap·tist, noun, adjectivepro-Bap·tist, adjective, nounpseu·do-Bap·tist, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for baptist

Contemporary Examples of baptist

Historical Examples of baptist

  • The Baptist pulled off his hat, and apologized, on the ground of illness.

  • The Seventh Day Baptist minister went so fur as to preach at him.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • She immediately complied with Mr Baptist's request, and they all went into the cottage.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Mr Baptist was the second, and jogged close after him, looking at no other object.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He has long been a valued and honored member of the Baptist denomination.

British Dictionary definitions for baptist


  1. a member of any of various Christian sects that affirm the necessity of baptism (usually of adults and by immersion) following a personal profession of the Christian faith
  2. the Baptist See John the Baptist
  1. denoting, relating to, or characteristic of any Christian sect that affirms the necessity of baptism following a personal profession of the Christian faith
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Word Origin and History for baptist

c.1200, "one who baptizes;" see baptize + -ist. As "member of a Protestant sect that believes in adult baptism by immersion" (with capital B-), attested from 1654; their opponents called them anabaptists.

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