What does Presbyterian mean?

Definitions for Presbyterian
ˌprɛz bɪˈtɪər i ən, ˌprɛs-pres·by·te·ri·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Presbyteriannoun

    a follower of Calvinism as taught in the Presbyterian Church


  1. presbyterianadjective

    Of or pertaining to a presbyter, or to ecclesiastical government by presbyters; relating to those who uphold church government by presbyters; also, to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of a communion so governed.

  2. Presbyteriannoun

    A person belonging to the Presbyterian Church.

  3. Presbyteriannoun

    A person set in their ways, or who doesn't drink, smoke or have sex.

  4. Presbyterianadjective

    Relating to the Presbyterian Church.

  5. Presbyterianadjective

    (also with lower case p) Describing a person set in their ways or doesn't smoke, drink or have sex, particularly one religious and/or Scottish; a Puritan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Presbyterianadjective

    Consisting of elders; a term for a modern form of ecclesiastical government.

    Etymology: πϱεσβυτεϱος.

    Chiefly was urged the abolition of episcopal, and the establishing of presbyterian government. Charles I .

  2. Presbyteriannoun

    An abettor of presbytery or calvinistical discipline.

    Etymology: from presbyter.

    One of the more rigid presbyterians. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Presbyterian

    Presbyterianism is a part of the Reformed tradition within Protestantism that broke from the Roman Catholic Church. Presbyterian churches derive their name from the presbyterian form of church government by representative assemblies of elders. Many Reformed churches are organised this way, but the word Presbyterian, when capitalized, is often applied to churches that trace their roots to the Church of Scotland or to English Dissenter groups that formed during the English Civil War.Presbyterian theology typically emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scriptures, and the necessity of grace through faith in Christ. Presbyterian church government was ensured in Scotland by the Acts of Union in 1707, which created the Kingdom of Great Britain. In fact, most Presbyterians found in England can trace a Scottish connection, and the Presbyterian denomination was also taken to North America, mostly by Scots and Scotch-Irish immigrants. The Presbyterian denominations in Scotland hold to the Reformed theology of John Calvin and his immediate successors, although there is a range of theological views within contemporary Presbyterianism. Local congregations of churches which use Presbyterian polity are governed by sessions made up of representatives of the congregation (elders); a conciliar approach which is found at other levels of decision-making (presbytery, synod, and general assembly). There are roughly 75 million Presbyterians in the world.The roots of Presbyterianism lie in the Reformation of the 16th century, the example of John Calvin's Republic of Geneva being particularly influential. Most Reformed churches that trace their history back to Scotland are either presbyterian or congregationalist in government. In the twentieth century, some Presbyterians played an important role in the ecumenical movement, including the World Council of Churches. Many Presbyterian denominations have found ways of working together with other Reformed denominations and Christians of other traditions, especially in the World Communion of Reformed Churches. Some Presbyterian churches have entered into unions with other churches, such as Congregationalists, Lutherans, Anglicans, and Methodists. Presbyterians in the United States came largely from Scottish immigrants, Scots-Irish immigrants, and also from New England Yankee communities that had originally been Congregational but changed because of an agreed-upon Plan of Union of 1801 for frontier areas.


  1. presbyterian

    Presbyterian refers to a type of Protestant Christianity that adheres to the theological tradition of the Reformation led by John Calvin. This denomination is organized through a system of presbyterian church governance where elders, elected by congregations, collectively make decisions and guide the church's direction. Presbyterians place a strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scriptures, and the necessity of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. "Presbyterian" might also refer to an adherent or follower of this faith.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Presbyterianadjective

    of or pertaining to a presbyter, or to ecclesiastical government by presbyters; relating to those who uphold church government by presbyters; also, to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of a communion so governed

  2. Presbyteriannoun

    one who maintains the validity of ordination and government by presbyters; a member of the Presbyterian church

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. presbytrien.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Presbyterian in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Presbyterian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Presbyterian in a Sentence

  1. Margo Cowan:

    There is no doubt in my mind that the amazing courage of Rosa and the steadfast support from thousands of Tucsonans have brought us to a resolution that ensures Rosa will be safe outside of the walls of Southside Presbyterian Church.

  2. June Jordan:

    Lately... Americans have begun to understand that trouble does not start somewhere on the other side of town. It seems to originate inside the absolute middle of the homemade cherry pie. In our history, the state has failed to respond to the weak. You could be white, male, Presbyterian and heterosexual besides, but if you get fired or if you get sick tomorrow, you might as well be Black, for all the state will want to hear from you.

  3. Howard Thurman:

    Whether I'm black, white, Presbyterian, Baptist, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim -- in the presence of God all of these categories by which we relate to each other fade away.

  4. Wendy Zellner:

    I can confirm that UPMC Presbyterian has been enrolled in Kentucky Medicaid, and we are working to complete enrollment of some of our physicians, kentucky Medicaid executives are helping us to get this done in a streamlined fashion that overcomes previous administrative hurdles and misunderstandings in this complex case.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I'm Presbyterian, boy, that's down the middle of the road folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don't know about. I just don't know about.

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