Presbyterian

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noun

Pres·​by·​te·​ri·​an ˌprez-bə-ˈtir-ē-ən How to pronounce Presbyterian (audio)
ˌpres-
: a member of a Presbyterian church

Presbyterian

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adjective

1
often not capitalized : characterized by a graded system of representative ecclesiastical bodies (such as presbyteries) exercising legislative and judicial powers
2
: of, relating to, or constituting a Protestant Christian church that is presbyterian in government and traditionally Calvinistic in doctrine
Presbyterianism noun

Examples of Presbyterian in a Sentence

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Noun
The community is also home to Hopewell Presbyterian Church, established in the mid-18th century, the church’s website says. Evan Moore, Charlotte Observer, 14 Feb. 2024 Well on Wheels Bus from the County of San Diego will be parked from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon Richardson Hall parking lot, 551 Farragut Circle. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village. Patrick Neas, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 The missing piece in this story is the Community Bible Church, formed in 1983 by former congregants of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands who rejected that denomination’s tolerant view of gay rights. Robert Draper, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 They were taken to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 7 Feb. 2024 Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Timonium Presbyterian Church at 303 W. Timonium Road. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 30 Jan. 2024 There is limited free parking via the 55th Avenue auto entry gate and at Riviera Presbyterian Church. Christina Mayo, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 Among his awaiting supporters was Sungmin Kim, an immigration attorney and member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Wheeling whose family is giving Suh a place to live. Christy Gutowski, Chicago Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024
Adjective
His father, Max Belz, was a grain elevator operator before becoming a Presbyterian pastor. Michael S. Rosenwald, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 My dad was a Presbyterian minister, for 40 years or something like that…. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024 Diane was a legal secretary and raised her three sons in a strict Presbyterian household, per Esquire. Skyler Trepel, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 After getting engaged on July 2, 2023, the couple were married on Jan. 6 by Reverend Elizabeth Boone McLean, a Presbyterian pastor, at First Presbyterian Church in Austin. Jenny Block, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Records also indicate that the local art collector and Presbyterian minister, whose longtime wife Josephine Robinson Westervelt passed away in June 2020, was also the mystery buyer who recently paid $7.2 million for Elton John’s condo in Buckhead’s 40-story Park Place high-rise residential tower. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 8 Dec. 2023 Calvary remains an active Presbyterian church to this day, with worship services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2023 She was raised in a Presbyterian household in Santa Barbara, where her father insisted that the family pray before every meal and sang hymns with the children before bed. Nina Chhita, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 The bare-bones building had to be taken apart at Camp Joseph T. Robinson and reassembled on the Presbyterian property, roughly four miles to the southeast. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1606, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Presbyterian was in 1606

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“Presbyterian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Presbyterian. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

Presbyterian

adjective
Pres·​by·​te·​ri·​an
ˌprez-bə-ˈtir-ē-ən,
ˌpres-
1
often not capitalized : having a system of representative governing councils of ministers and elders
2
: of, relating to, or being a Protestant Christian church that is presbyterian in government
Presbyterian noun
Presbyterianism
-ē-ə-ˌniz-əm
noun

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