[joh-han-in, -ahyn]


of or relating to the apostle John or to the books in the New Testament attributed to him.

Origin of Johannine

First recorded in 1860–65; Johann(es) + -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for johannine

Historical Examples of johannine

  • The Johannine or Eastern churches, which regarded John as their founder.

    The Bible

    John E. Remsburg

  • In the Johannine tradition this saying has become “I am the light of the world.”

  • Love is the ‘very self-hood’ of God, says Ruysbroeck in strict Johannine language.


    Evelyn Underhill

  • The cosmology is thoroughly Johannine, and only awaits the name of the Logos.

    Outspoken Essays

    William Ralph Inge

  • The next passage pointed out as derived from the Johannine Gospel occurs in the same chapter: "My sheep hear my voice."

Word Origin and History for johannine



"of or pertaining to the Apostle John," 1861, from Latin Joannes (see John) + -ine (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper