evan·​ge·​list i-ˈvan-jə-list How to pronounce evangelist (audio)
often capitalized : a writer of any of the four Gospels
: a person who evangelizes
specifically : a Protestant minister or layman who preaches at special services
: an enthusiastic advocate
an evangelist for physical fitness

Examples of evangelist in a Sentence

an evangelist of space exploration
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of evangelist was in the 13th century

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“Evangelist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evangelist. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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evan·​ge·​list i-ˈvan-jə-ləst How to pronounce evangelist (audio)
: a Christian preacher who goes about from place to place trying to change or increase people's religious feelings

Middle English evangelist "one of the writers of the four Gospels," from early French and Latin evangelista (same meaning), from Greek euangelizein "to preach the gospel," from euangelion "good news, gospel," from eu- "good" and angelos "messenger, angel"

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