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Lu·​ther·​an ˈlü-th(ə-)rən How to pronounce Lutheran (audio)
: a member of a Lutheran church


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: of or relating to religious doctrines (such as justification by faith alone) developed by Martin Luther or his followers
: of or relating to the Protestant churches adhering to Lutheran doctrines, liturgy, and polity
Lutheranism noun

Example Sentences

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Brady Rufner will play soccer at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Washington. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2023 Canyon will play Irvine Crean Lutheran, a 9-7 win over Sultana. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 Nick Janowski, Pewaukee, jr.Jaquan Johnson, Pius XI, jr.Kon Knueppel, Wisconsin Lutheran, jr.Nolan Minessale, Marquette, jr.Milan Momcilovic, Pewaukee, sr.Kai Rogers, Wauwatosa West, soph. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2023 Maloney was receptive to that idea, pointing out Lutheran General Hospital as a possible candidate. Caroline Kubzansky, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2023 Ward is also a standout on Lutheran’s Class A state championship-winning basketball team. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 15 May 2023 The Eagles will play host to Orange Lutheran, a 6-1 winner over Villa Park. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2023 Texas Lutheran University senior Ashley Adams is gearing up for graduation this month. Simrin Singh, CBS News, 11 May 2023 Supporters gathered for the signing at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee, where the Rev. Aaron M. Strong served as discipleship pastor before he was killed by a speeding driver who ran a red light last fall. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1521, in the meaning defined above


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lutheran was in 1521

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“Lutheran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: of or relating to Martin Luther or his religious doctrines
: of or relating to the Protestant churches following Lutheran doctrines
Lutheran noun

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