a member of a Christian denomination that baptizes believers by immersion and that is usually Calvinistic in doctrine.
(lowercase) a person who baptizes.
the Baptist. John the Baptist.


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. 2019

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Historical Examples of baptists

  • Why, he's one of the Baptists who were on the platform with you yesterday.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • We shall be in the Brahmin caste of the hell of the Baptists.

  • They were likely to be Baptists or Methodists, by persuasion, and Democrats in politics.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • But the active labor in this cause was mainly done by the Baptists.

  • Then there were a number of Baptists, who also now dwelt in peace, under the King's protection.


    Henry Peterson

British Dictionary definitions for baptists



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
the Baptist See John the Baptist


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 baptists



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

baptists in Culture


A group of Christian communities marked chiefly by insistence on adult baptism by immersion. Baptists regard baptism as a ceremony that accompanies and seals a conscious profession of faith in Jesus; for this reason, they do not baptize infants but wait until candidates have reached their teen or adult years. The Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in the United States and are particularly insistent on the separation of church and state.

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