[wes-lee-uh n, wez-]
  1. a follower of John Wesley.
  2. Chiefly British. a Methodist.

Origin of Wesleyan

First recorded in 1765–75; Wesley + -an
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  1. of, relating to, or deriving from John Wesley
  2. of, relating to, or characterizing Methodism, esp in its original form or as upheld by the branch of the Methodist Church known as the Wesleyan Methodists
  1. a follower of John Wesley
  2. a member of the Methodist Church or (formerly) of the Wesleyan Methodists
Derived FormsWesleyanism, noun
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Word Origin and History for wesleyan



"pertaining to Wesley," 1771, in reference to John Wesley (1703-1791), founder of Methodism. The surname is from various places in England named West Leigh (or some variant).

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