Phi·​lip·​pi·​ans fə-ˈli-pē-ənz How to pronounce Philippians (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a hortatory letter written by St. Paul to the Christians of Philippi and included as a book in the New Testament see Bible Table

Examples of Philippians in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was drawn from a set of Bible verses, Philippians 4:7-8. Emma Goldberg Desiree Rios, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2024 These verses are from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, which was written when St. Paul was imprisoned, says the website Bible Gateway. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 8 Oct. 2023 Facilitator Susan Hoehn, who has served as teaching director for Community Bible Study for 20 years, will share her secret for memorizing the entire New Testament books of Romans and Philippians and more than 50 Psalms. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2023 The family greets everyone and drops their bags at a two-story cabin plastered with a Bible verse from Philippians and with an office full of yellowed family photos: Eubank on the summit of Denali, and praying with Mike Pence; the girls barrel racing; Pete riding bulls. Jason Motlagh, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2023

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Word History


short for Epistle to the Philippians

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Philippians was in the 14th century

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“Philippians.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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Phi·​lip·​pi·​ans fə-ˈlip-ē-ənz How to pronounce Philippians (audio)
: a letter written by St. Paul to the Christians of Philippi and included as a book in the New Testament see bible table
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