evangelist

noun evan·ge·list \ i-ˈvan-jə-list \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

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

  1. an evangelist of space exploration

Recent Examples of evangelist from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'evangelist.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of evangelist

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Other Christian Religious Terms


EVANGELIST Defined for English Language Learners

evangelist

Definition of evangelist for English Language Learners

  • : 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


EVANGELIST Defined for Kids

evangelist

noun evan·ge·list \ i-ˈvan-jə-ləst \

Definition of evangelist for Students

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up evangelist? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

talkative or wordy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!