Epis·​co·​pa·​lian i-ˌpi-skə-ˈpāl-yən How to pronounce Episcopalian (audio)
: an adherent of the episcopal form of church government
: a member of an episcopal church (such as the Protestant Episcopal Church)
Episcopalian adjective
Episcopalianism noun

Examples of Episcopalian in a Sentence

She was raised as an Episcopalian.
Recent Examples on the Web In 1954, the mild-mannered Episcopalian Shurlock had replaced the no-nonsense Irish Catholic Joseph I. Breen as Hollywood’s resident censor in chief. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Religious organizations ran at least 105 schools; many were Catholic, Presbyterian or Episcopalian, but smaller congregations such as the Quakers ran schools of their own. Zach Levitt, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Being raised a good Catholic girl, now an Episcopalian, I was raised to make the world a better place. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Episcopalian was in 1659

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“Episcopalian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Episcopalian. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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Epis·​co·​pa·​lian i-ˌpis-kə-ˈpāl-yən How to pronounce Episcopalian (audio)
: a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church
Episcopalian adjective
Episcopalianism noun
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