[ loo-ther-uhn ]

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

  1. 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

Other words from Lutheran

  • Lu·ther·an·ism, Lu·ther·ism, noun
  • non-Lu·ther·an, adjective, noun
  • pre-Lu·ther·an, adjective

Words Nearby Lutheran Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Lutheran in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Lutheran


/ (ˈluːθərən) /

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

  1. of or relating to Luther or his doctrines, the most important being justification by faith alone, consubstantiation, and the authority of the Bible

  2. of or denoting any Protestant Church that follows Luther's doctrines

Derived forms of Lutheran

  • Lutheranism, noun

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