- 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.
- (initial capital letter) a member of a Presbyterian church; a person who supports Presbyterianism.
Origin of presbyterian
Examples from the Web for presbyterian
A similar struggle is under way in the Lutheran, Presbyterian and Methodist denominations.The Faith-Based Big Tent
March 9, 2014
My uncle was a Presbyterian minister and my mother an elder.Banter With the Beast: Nancy Gibbs, Time's Woman of the Year
September 20, 2013
A devout Presbyterian and crusading liberal, he struggled mightily to put his grand ideals into practice.A Noble Failure: Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency Considered
September 8, 2013
You see, Beinart offers a false dichotomy: either J Street supports Presbyterian divestment or it does not.Letter to the Editor on J Street
July 16, 2012
Backing the Presbyterian divestment effort would have undermined both.You Gotta do What You Gotta Do
July 13, 2012
He was a Presbyterian, and had a most deep respect for Moses which was a Presbyterian, too, he said.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Wouldn't you swear to that being the voice of a presbyterian?Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
His father was a Presbyterian of the Scotch type, and a ruling elder in the church.Cleveland Past and Present
"I was the son of a Presbyterian minister," he said, shortly.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
You might as well want to go to that Presbyterian hole in Belfast!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- of, relating to, or designating Church government by presbyters or lay elders
- an upholder of this type of Church government
- of or relating to any of various Protestant Churches governed by presbyters or lay elders and adhering to various modified forms of Calvinism
- a member of a Presbyterian Church
Word Origin and History for presbyterian
1640, in reference to the Scottish church governed by elders (as opposed to bishops), from presbyter "an elder in a church" (1590s), from Late Latin presbyter "an elder," from Greek presbyteros "an elder," also an adjective meaning "older," comparative of presbys "old" (see presby-).
Presbyterial was used from c.1600 in the sense "of or pertaining to a presbytery;" also from 1590s as "presbyterian" (adj.).