[ thee-uh-loh-juh n, -jee-uh n ]
/ ˌθi əˈloʊ dʒən, -dʒi ən /


a person versed in theology, especially Christian theology; divine.

Origin of theologian

1475–85; theology + -an; replacing earlier theologien < Middle French
Related formsan·ti·the·o·lo·gian, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for theologian


/ (ˌθɪəˈləʊdʒɪən) /


a person versed in or engaged in the study of theology, esp Christian theology
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Word Origin and History for theologian



late 15c., from Old French theologien (14c.); see theology. A petty or paltry theologist is a theologaster (1620s), coined in Medieval Latin by Martin Luther (1518).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for theologian


A person who engages in theology. Some notable theologians are Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, John Calvin, and Martin Luther.

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