[ pen-ti-kaw-stuh l, -stl, -kos-tuh l, -tl- ]
/ ˌpɛn tɪˈkɔ stəl, -stl, -ˈkɒs təl, -tl- /


of or relating to Pentecost, a Christian festival commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the apostles.
noting or relating to any of various Christian groups, usually fundamentalist, that emphasize the activity of the Holy Spirit, stress holiness of living, and express their religious feelings uninhibitedly, as by speaking in tongues.


Also called Pen·te·cos·tal·ist. a member of any Pentecostal denomination.

Origin of Pentecostal

From the Late Latin word pentēcostālis, dating back to 1540–50. See Pentecost, -al1

Related forms

post-Pen·te·cos·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pentecostal


/ (ˌpɛntɪˈkɒstəl) /


(usually prenominal) of or relating to any of various Christian groups that emphasize the charismatic aspects of Christianity and adopt a fundamental attitude to the Bible
of or relating to Pentecost or the influence of the Holy Ghost


a member of a Pentecostal Church

Derived Forms

Pentecostalism, nounPentecostalist, noun, adjective
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