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



BrE BrE//ˌprezbɪˈtɪəriən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌprezbɪˈtɪriən//
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a member of a branch of the Christian Protestant Church that is the national Church of Scotland and one of the largest Churches in the US. It is governed by elders who are all equal in rank. Culture The Presbyterian Church in Scotland has been the established Protestant Church since 1690. In England the United Reformed Church is a Presbyterian Church, and there are other Presbyterian Churches in the US, Ireland, Wales, Switzerland and elsewhere. compare Episcopal Church Word Originmid 17th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin presbyterium (from Greek presbuterion, from presbuteros ‘elder’ (used in the New Testament to denote an elder of the early church), comparative of presbus ‘old (man)’) + -an.

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