Episcopalian

[ih-pis-kuh-peyl-yuh n, -pey-lee-uh n]
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adjective

pertaining or adhering to the Episcopal Church in America.
(lowercase) pertaining or adhering to the episcopal form of church government.

noun

a member of the Episcopal Church in America.
(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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British Dictionary definitions for episcopalian

episcopalian

adjective Also: episcopal

practising or advocating the principle of Church government by bishops

noun

an advocate of such Church government
Derived Formsepiscopalianism, noun

Episcopalian

adjective

belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church

noun

a member or adherent of this Church
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Word Origin and History for episcopalian

episcopalian

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

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