a Protestant minister or layperson who serves as an itinerant or special preacher, especially a revivalist.
a preacher of the gospel.
(initial capital letter) any of the writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) of the four Gospels.
(in the primitive church) a person who first brought the gospel to a city or region.
(initial capital letter) Mormon Church. a patriarch.
a person marked by evangelical enthusiasm for or support of any cause.

Nearby words

  1. evangeliary,
  2. evangelical,
  3. evangelicalism,
  4. evangeline,
  5. evangelism,
  6. evangelistary,
  7. evangelistic,
  8. evangelize,
  9. evanish,
  10. evans

Origin of evangelist

1125–75; Middle English evangeliste < Latin evangelista < Greek euangelistḗs. See evangel1, -ist

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British Dictionary definitions for evangelist



an occasional preacher, sometimes itinerant and often preaching at meetings in the open air
a preacher of the Christian gospel
any zealous advocate of a cause
another word for revivalist (def. 1)



any of the writers of the New Testament Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John
a senior official or dignitary of the Mormon Church
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Word Origin and History for evangelist



late 12c., "Matthew, Mark, Luke or John," from Old French evangelist and directly from Late Latin evangelista, from Greek euangelistes "preacher of the gospel," literally "bringer of good news," from euangelizesthai "bring good news," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + angellein "announce," from angelos "messenger" (see angel).

In early Greek Christian texts, the word was used of the four supposed authors of the narrative gospels. Meaning "itinerant preacher" was another early Church usage, revived in Middle English (late 14c.). Classical Greek euangelion meant "the reward of good tidings;" sense transferred in Christian use to the glad tidings themselves. In Late Latin, Greek eu- regularly was consonantized to ev- before vowels.

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