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


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


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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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

practising or advocating the principle of Church government by bishops


an advocate of such Church government
Derived Formsepiscopalianism, noun



belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church


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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