[loo-ther-uh n]


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 formsLu·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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Contemporary Examples of lutheran

  • Reinke lost his pulpit and was drummed out of the conservative Missouri Synod of the Lutheran denomination.

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    The Pastor Who Scandalized His Town

    Lloyd Grove

    October 8, 2014

  • A similar struggle is under way in the Lutheran, Presbyterian and Methodist denominations.

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    The Faith-Based Big Tent

    Gene Robinson

    March 9, 2014

  • Keith had gone to Lutheran services last week and found a pleasant enough crowd there.

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    BP Makes Friends

    Rebecca Dana

    June 21, 2010

  • He explained to the defendant that he attended Episcopal and Lutheran services.

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    Salameh Nematt

    October 31, 2008

Historical Examples of lutheran

British Dictionary definitions for lutheran



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 FormsLutheranism, noun
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Word Origin and History for lutheran


1521, from name of German religious reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546); used by Catholics 16c. in reference to all Protestants, regardless of sect. Related: Lutheranism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper