What does Protestant mean?

Definitions for Protestant
ˈprɒt ə stənt or, for 4,6 , prəˈtɛs təntprotes·tant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Protestantnoun

    an adherent of Protestantism

  2. Protestant Church, Protestantadjective

    the Protestant churches and denominations collectively

  3. Protestantadjective

    of or relating to Protestants or Protestantism

    "Protestant churches"; "a Protestant denomination"

  4. protestantadjective



  1. Protestantnoun

    Any of several denominations of Christianity that separated from the Roman Catholic Church based on theological or political differences during the Reformation.

  2. Protestantnoun

    Someone who is a member of such a denomination.

  3. Protestantnoun

    A modern Christian denomination not belonging to the Catholic or Orthodox traditions.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Protestantadjective

    Belonging to protestants.

    Etymology: from protest.

    Since the spreading of the protestant religion, several nations are recovered out of their ignorance. Addison.

  2. Protestantnoun

    One of those who adhere to them, who, at the beginning of the reformation, protested against the errours of the church of Rome.

    Etymology: protestrnt, Fr. from protest.

    This is the first example of any protestant subjects, that have taken up arms against their king a protestant. Charles I .


  1. Protestant

    Protestantism is a branch of Christianity that follows the theological tenets of the Protestant Reformation, a movement that began seeking to reform the Catholic Church from within in the 16th century against what its followers perceived to be errors, abuses, and discrepancies within it.Protestantism emphasizes the Christian believer's justification by God in faith alone (sola fide) rather than by a combination of faith with good works as in Catholicism; the teaching that salvation comes by divine grace or "unmerited favor" only (sola gratia); the priesthood of all faithful believers in the Church; and the sola scriptura ("scripture alone") that posits the Bible as the sole infallible source of authority for Christian faith and practice. Most Protestants, with the exception of Anglo-Papalism, reject the Catholic doctrine of papal supremacy, and have variant views on the number of sacraments, the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and matters of ecclesiastical polity and apostolic succession. Other Protestant denominations and non denominational Protestants may be typically unconcerned about most of these theological issues and focus only on their perception of explicit Christian teachings in the Bible itself. The five solae of Lutheran and Reformed Christianity summarize basic theological differences in opposition to the Catholic Church. Today, it is the second-largest form of Christianity, with a total of 800 million to 1 billion adherents worldwide or about 37% of all Christians.The Reformation began in Germany in 1517, when Martin Luther published his Ninety-five Theses as a reaction against abuses in the sale of indulgences by the Catholic Church, which purported to offer the remission of the temporal punishment of sins to their purchasers. The term, however, derives from the letter of protestation from German Lutheran princes in 1529 against an edict of the Diet of Speyer condemning the teachings of Martin Luther as heretical. Although there were earlier breaks and attempts to reform the Catholic Church, notably by Peter Waldo, John Wycliffe and Jan Hus, only Luther succeeded in sparking a wider, lasting, and modern movement. In the 16th century, Lutheranism spread from Germany into Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, and Iceland. Calvinist churches spread in Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland and France by Protestant Reformers such as John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli and John Knox. The political separation of the Church of England from the Holy See under King Henry VIII began Anglicanism, bringing England and Wales into this broad Reformation movement, under the leadership of reformer Thomas Cranmer, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, whose work forged Anglican doctrine and identity.Protestants have extensively developed a unique culture that has made major contributions in education, the humanities and sciences, the political and social order, the economy and the arts and many other fields. Protestantism is diverse, being divided into various denominations on the basis of theology and ecclesiology, not forming a single structure as with the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy or Oriental Orthodoxy. Protestants adhere to the concept of an invisible church, in contrast to the Catholic, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Ancient Church of the East, which all understand themselves as the one and only original church—the "one true church"—founded by Jesus Christ (though certain Protestant denominations, including historic Lutheranism, hold to this position). Some denominations do have a worldwide scope and distribution of church membership, while others are confined to a single country. A majority of Protestants are members of a handful of Protestant denominational families: Adventists, Anabaptists, Anglicans/Episcopalians, Baptists, Calvinist/Reformed, Lutherans, Methodists, Moravians, Plymouth Brethren, Presbyterians, and Quakers. Nondenominational, charismatic and independent churches are on the rise, and constitute a significant part of Protestantism.


  1. protestant

    A Protestant is a follower or member of any of the Western Christian churches that are separate from the Roman Catholic Church and follow the principles of the Reformation, including the Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Anglican Churches, among others. These principles include emphasis on the authority of the Bible, salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and the priesthood of all believers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Protestant

    one who protests; -- originally applied to those who adhered to Luther, and protested against, or made a solemn declaration of dissent from, a decree of the Emperor Charles V. and the Diet of Spires, in 1529, against the Reformers, and appealed to a general council; -- now used in a popular sense to designate any Christian who does not belong to the Roman Catholic or the Greek Church

  2. Protestantadjective

    making a protest; protesting

  3. Protestantadjective

    of or pertaining to the faith and practice of those Christians who reject the authority of the Roman Catholic Church; as, Protestant writers

  4. Etymology: [F. protestant, fr. L. protestans, -antis, p. pr. of protestare. See Protest, v.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Protestant

    one who opposes Roman Catholicism on the basis of a conviction that Catholicism is contrary to the Bible

    I would not be a Protestant if I were not a protestor against Roman Catholicism.

    Submitted by Noah Hirsch on May 8, 2018  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Protestant' in Adjectives Frequency: #955

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Protestant in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Protestant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Protestant in a Sentence

  1. Jude Whyte:

    Society is anything but normal here, (We have) walls that divide white English speaking Christians from each other. You could live your whole life in Belfast and never meet a Protestant, ever.

  2. Donald Trump:

    People are so shocked when they find ... out I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church and I love God and I love my church.

  3. Richard Land:

    In the interest of pluralism, it's about time we had a Protestant on the Supreme Court.

  4. Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley:

    This country is built upon an idea and the idea says … that you and I are created equal, and it doesn't matter if we're male or female, if we're Catholic or Protestant … if you meet the standards of the military, you're welcome and you're on the team. And if you're willing to shed your blood to defend this Constitution, then bring it on.

  5. Yaqiu Wang:

    The shutdown of a Protestant church in Chengdu epitomizes the Xi Jinping government's relentless assault on religious freedom in China, it makes a mockery of the government's claim that it respects religious beliefs.

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  • Silvana Belussi
    Silvana Belussi
    I was just citing one of the Popes, can't remember which one
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  • Silvana Belussi
    Silvana Belussi
    a protestant is a protesting catholic.
    LikeReply 29 years ago
    • Adi Setyawan
      Adi Setyawan
      Only that?
      LikeReply8 years ago

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