Definition of Anglican noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæŋɡlɪkən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæŋɡlɪkən//
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a member of the Church of England or of a Church connected with it in another country Culture In Britain the Anglican Churches are the Church of England, the Church in Wales, the Episcopal Church in Scotland, and the Church of Ireland. In the US, the Anglican Communion is represented by the Episcopal Church. Many people in Britain call themselves Anglican, even if they never go to church. See related entries: Types of belief, Religious people Word Originearly 17th cent.: from medieval Latin Anglicanus (its adoption suggested by Anglicana ecclesia ‘the English church’ in the Magna Carta), from Latin Anglicus, from Angli ‘the people of Angul’, a district of Schleswig (now part of northern Germany), so named because of its shape; of Germanic origin, related to Old English angul.

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