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

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In downtown Birmingham, Alabama, a piano-playing sidewalk evangelist sought refuge from the sun with two umbrellas — one over his head and the other on his sunny side. Jeff Martin And Jay Reeves, chicagotribune.com, "Dreadful heat, humidity invade South as misery continues," 15 Aug. 2019 In downtown Birmingham, Alabama, a piano-playing sidewalk evangelist sought refuge from the sun with two umbrellas — one over his head and the other on his sunny side. Washington Post, "Dreadful heat, humidity invade South as misery continues," 13 Aug. 2019 Or how, when growing up, the novelist Jeanette Winterson hid her books from her Pentecostal evangelist parents. John Glassie, New York Times, "Codices, Termites and Floral Notes: The Wondrous Life of ‘The Library’," 1 June 2018 Casares, a serial entrepreneur who is famous in crypto circles as an early Bitcoin evangelist, says the bulk of Xapo’s retail business takes place in South America and other developing countries. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Exclusive: Coinbase Buys Xapo Custody for $55 Million, Eyes Lending Business," 15 Aug. 2019 Shot and set in South Carolina, The Righteous Gemstones focuses on a family of evangelists. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Righteous Gemstones': TV Review," 8 Aug. 2019 Her stated vitamin and supplement regimen, meanwhile, resembles that of a Silicon Valley longevity evangelist. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Grimes’s wellness routine allegedly includes sword fighting, screaming sessions, and a deprivation tank," 16 July 2019 If inflation picks up once again, a solid base of gold standard evangelists is ready to take it mainstream. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 Eva, who begins ninth grade in the fall, is a clown, a contortionist, a tight-wire performer — and an evangelist for the circus life. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, "Big top magic," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of evangelist

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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