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



BrE BrE//ˈmɔːmən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrmən//
Religious people, Types of belief
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a member of a religion formed by Joseph Smith in the US in 1830, officially called ‘the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ a Mormon church/chapel See related entries: Religious people, Types of belief Word Originthe name of a prophet to whom Smith attributed The Book of Mormon. Culture The organization was established in the US in New York State in 1830 by Joseph Smith. Its members later moved west, led by Brigham Young, to establish Salt Lake City and the state of Utah. Their centre is still in Salt Lake City, and most people in Utah are Mormons. Members of the church are well known in many countries for visiting people in their homes to talk about their religion. Mormons have strict moral rules and do not drink alcohol or even coffee. At one time Mormon men were allowed to have more than one wife, but the Church stopped this in 1890.
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