presbyterian

[ prez-bi-teer-ee-uh n, 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.

Origin of presbyterian

First recorded in 1635–45; presbytery + -an

Related forms

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

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

Presbyterianism, noun
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