Mor·​mon ˈmȯr-mən How to pronounce Mormon (audio)
: the ancient redactor and compiler of the Book of Mormon presented as divine revelation by Joseph Smith
see usage paragraph below : latter-day saint
especially : a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Mormonism noun see usage paragraph below
Usage of Mormon and Mormonism

The use of the terms Mormon and Mormonism in their meanings relating to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is discouraged by the church.

Examples of Mormon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Mormon Land newsletter is The Salt Lake Tribune’s weekly highlight reel of developments in and about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023 Anderson, a dedicated Mormon who had previously edited the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ magazines, was also a scholar, writer and feminist. Benjamin Park, The Conversation, 13 Sep. 2023 Romney, who describes his career in politics as a moral mission driven by his Mormon faith, has in recent years been marginalized in a party that has shifted to the right under the sway of Trump. Annie Karni,, 13 Sep. 2023 With two dozen other songs penned by Jackson and Sharp, along with composers Marius de Vries and Karl Saint Lucy, musical homage (all those crotch-level lyrics aside) is affectionately paid to the songbooks of Menken & Ashman and The Book of Mormon’s Matt Stone, Robert Lopez and Trey Parker. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2023 During that time, Steed says Hildebrandt disclosed confidential information about Steed to the Mormon Church and the honor code office of Brigham Young University — which Steed says led to his removal from the school and to his banishment from church services. Susan Young, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 The Mormon group was headed to a wedding, and authorities said some of the victims were burned alive. CBS News, 7 Sep. 2023 This extraordinary Black woman, a nurse and midwife, was still enslaved when she and others were brought to the free state of California by a Mormon settler from Mississippi in 1851. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Franke's YouTube Channel Once Had 2.5 Million Subscribers Per Fox 13, Franke and her husband Kevin Franke are a Mormon couple and parents of six children: Shari, Chad, Abby, Julie, Russell and Eve. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mormon was in 1831

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“Mormon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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Mor·​mon ˈmȯr-mən How to pronounce Mormon (audio)
: a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 and accepting the Book of Mormon
Mormonism noun

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