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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

Examples of Lutheran in a Sentence

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His last role was as a minister at a Lutheran Church at the age of 80. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 Among the top players was Orange Lutheran 6-foot-8 junior pitcher Gary Morse. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2024 Witte served as a minister in the early 2000s in Green Bay at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, which is part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Jolan Kruse, Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2024 As updates on the number of people killed and wounded came in, the president and CEO of Lutheran Church Charities began mobilizing local volunteers for the organization’s Hearts of Mercy & Compassion group and its K-9 Comfort Dog program to make their way to Fordyce. Daniel McFadin,, 30 June 2024 Apache families who send their children to the East Fork Lutheran school face a complicated choice. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 28 June 2024 The thriving wineries of modern-day Australia would no doubt astonish those Lutheran pioneers, not to mention the self-denying John Muir — although they surely would be fascinated by how botany has been modernized and commercialized. Tony Perrottet, Travel + Leisure, 25 June 2024 Argyle Tornado Among the most significant tornadoes from Saturday was one the NWS is calling the Argyle Tornado, which demolished the Argyle-Apple Grove Lutheran Church. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 25 June 2024 Sophomore point guard Hunter Caplan has left Brentwood and transferred to Crean Lutheran, which lost Kaiden Bailey to Calvary Chapel. . . Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1521, in the meaning defined above


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Lutheran was in 1521

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“Lutheran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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: 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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