[ih-pis-kuh-peyl-yuh n, -pey-lee-uh n]
  1. pertaining or adhering to the Episcopal Church in America.
  2. (lowercase) pertaining or adhering to the episcopal form of church government.
  1. a member of the Episcopal Church in America.
  2. (lowercase) an adherent of the episcopal system of church government.

Origin of Episcopalian

First recorded in 1680–90; episcopal + -ian
Related formsE·pis·co·pa·lian·ism, nounnon·e·pis·co·pa·lian, adjectivenon-E·pis·co·pa·lian, nounpseu·do-E·pis·co·pa·lian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for episcopalian

Contemporary Examples of episcopalian

Historical Examples of episcopalian

  • Some accounts state that he was a Presbyterian; he was, however, an Episcopalian.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare

    Alexander Scott Withers

  • "Well, I guess a Methodist is as good as an Episcopalian," she declared.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "It's nothing to be so joyful over," urged the Episcopalian brother.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

  • In form, he was certainly an Episcopalian, though not a sectary of that denomination.

    The Pioneers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I did so mainly on the views suggested to me in the Letters of an Episcopalian.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

    John Henry Cardinal Newman

British Dictionary definitions for episcopalian


adjective Also: episcopal
  1. practising or advocating the principle of Church government by bishops
  1. an advocate of such Church government
Derived Formsepiscopalianism, noun


  1. belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church
  1. a member or adherent of this Church
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Word Origin and History for episcopalian

1738 (n.), 1768 (adj.), from episcopal + -ian. Related: Episcopalianism.

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