[ loo-ther-uh n ]
/ ˈlu θər ən /


of or relating to Luther, adhering to his doctrines, or belonging to one of the Protestant churches that bear his name.


a follower of Luther or an adherent of his doctrines; a member of the Lutheran Church.

Origin of Lutheran

First recorded in 1515–25; Luther + -an

Related forms

Lu·ther·an·ism, Lu·ther·ism, nounnon-Lu·ther·an, adjective, nounpre-Lu·ther·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lutheran


/ (ˈluːθərən) /


a follower of Martin Luther or a member of a Lutheran Church


of or relating to Luther or his doctrines, the most important being justification by faith alone, consubstantiation, and the authority of the Bible
of or denoting any Protestant Church that follows Luther's doctrines

Derived Forms

Lutheranism, noun
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