[ wes-lee-uhn, wez- ]

  1. of or relating to John Wesley, founder of Methodism.

  2. pertaining to Methodism.

  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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British Dictionary definitions for Wesleyan


/ (ˈwɛzlɪən) /

  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 forms of Wesleyan

  • Wesleyanism, noun

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