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



BrE BrE//ˈprɒtɪstənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːtɪstənt//
Religious people, Types of belief
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a member of a part of the Western Christian Church that separated from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century He's a Protestant. Culture Protestant Churches usually have simpler ceremonies than Roman Catholic Churches, with more emphasis on preaching (= teaching about religion) and the authority of the Bible. Most Christians in the US and Britain are Protestants, and the Church of England and Church of Scotland are Protestant Churches. Other Protestant Churches include the Methodists, the Baptists, the Presbyterians and the Quakers. Disagreements between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland have led to the conflict known as the Troubles. see also Reformation See related entries: Religious people, Types of belief Word Originmid 16th cent.: via German or French from Latin protestant- ‘protesting’, from Latin protestari, from pro- ‘forth, publicly’ + testari ‘assert’ (from testis ‘witness’).