evan·​ge·​list | \ i-ˈvan-jə-list How to pronounce evangelist (audio) \

Definition of evangelist

1 often capitalized : a writer of any of the four Gospels
2 : a person who evangelizes specifically : a Protestant minister or layman who preaches at special services
3 : an enthusiastic advocate an evangelist for physical fitness

Examples of evangelist in a Sentence

an evangelist of space exploration
Recent Examples on the Web Until the sleep study, Britton had been, in her own words, an evangelist for meditation. David Kortava, Harper's Magazine, "Lost in Thought," 16 Mar. 2021 Harley Finkelstein, president of Shopify, is an evangelist for small retailers. The Economist, "Independent retailers may choose multiple sales channels," 13 Mar. 2021 An icon of the amateur trading masses and an evangelist for SPACs, Chamath Palihapitiya is commanding the financial moment with a blend of deal-making prowess, social-media savvy and moxie. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Ten years of improvements have made Chromebooks pretty great," 12 Mar. 2021 A decade ago, Palau began transferring day-to-day operations of that empire to three of his four sons, including one who is now an international evangelist in his own right. Gillian Flaccus, Los Angeles Times, "Luis Palau, international evangelical pastor who worked with Billy Graham, dies," 12 Mar. 2021 Or perhaps a vegan evangelist trying to convert her fellow contestants? Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race," 5 Mar. 2021 Yang had become famous running for President as an evangelist for a universal basic income, and the new grants were intended to demonstrate the importance of giving people cash at a time of unprecedented crisis. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Andrew Yang’s Ideas on Universal Basic Income Earned Him Fans. But Can He Win Votes?," 23 Jan. 2021 Forrester Research’s Mary Shea joins sales engagement platform Outreach as VP, global innovation evangelist. Fortune, "Race, gender, and the Atlanta spa shooting," 18 Mar. 2021 Kennedy is the chairman of the Children’s Health Fund, an anti-vaxxer evangelist group that spends its time and money trying to convince Americans that vaccines cause autism, ADHD, and even cancer. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Tackling COVID-Vaccine Skepticism inside the Tent," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of evangelist

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Evangelist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evangelist. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of evangelist

: a person and especially a preacher who tries to convince people to become Christian
: someone who talks about something with great enthusiasm
: a writer of any of the Gospels in the Bible


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Kids Definition of evangelist

: a Christian preacher who tries to change or increase religious feelings

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