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presbyterian

[ prez-bi-teer-ee-uhn, pres- ]
/ ˌprɛz bɪˈtɪər i ən, ˌprɛs- /
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adjective
pertaining to or based on the principle of ecclesiastical government by presbyters or presbyteries.
(initial capital letter) designating or pertaining to various churches having this form of government and professing more or less modified forms of Calvinism.
noun
(initial capital letter) a member of a Presbyterian church; a person who supports Presbyterianism.
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Origin of presbyterian

First recorded in 1635–45; presbytery + -an

OTHER WORDS FROM presbyterian

non-Pres·by·te·ri·an, adjective, nounpro-Pres·by·te·ri·an, adjective, nounpseu·do-Pres·by·te·ri·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for presbyterian (1 of 2)

presbyterian
/ (ˌprɛzbɪˈtɪərɪən) /

adjective
of, relating to, or designating Church government by presbyters or lay elders
noun
an upholder of this type of Church government

Derived forms of presbyterian

presbyterianism, nounpresbyterianistic, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for presbyterian (2 of 2)

Presbyterian
/ (ˌprɛzbɪˈtɪərɪən) /

adjective
of or relating to any of various Protestant Churches governed by presbyters or lay elders and adhering to various modified forms of Calvinism
noun
a member of a Presbyterian Church

Derived forms of Presbyterian

Presbyterianism, noun
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