Definition of Protestant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒtɪst(ə)nt/


A member or follower of any of the Western Christian Churches that are separate from the Roman Catholic Church in accordance with the principles of the Reformation, including the Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran Churches.
Example sentences
  • The building was first founded as a Huguenot Church for Protestants fleeing Catholic oppression in France.
  • Evangelical Protestants sought the reformation of society as well as individuals.
  • It's a minority Church also in the north of Ireland where most Protestants are Presbyterians.

Protestants are so called after the declaration (protestatio) of Martin Luther and his supporters dissenting from the decision of the Diet of Spires (1529), which reaffirmed the edict of the Diet of Worms against the Reformation. All Protestants reject the authority of the papacy, both religious and political, and find authority in the text of the Bible, made available to all in vernacular translation.


Relating to or belonging to any of the Protestant Churches: the Protestant religion the family were staunchly Protestant
More example sentences
  • He soon determined to have Protestant religion in the land and devotion to the Bible.
  • What is disturbing is that eighty per cent of these converts come from Protestant church backgrounds.
  • The sheer diversity of Protestant churches, all of which recognize the same canon, is ample proof of this.



(also Protestantisation) noun
Example sentences
  • The object, as many pietists put it, was to ‘Christianize the Catholics,’ to force Catholic and Lutheran children into public schools, which could then be used as an instrument of pietist Protestantization.
  • The other significant trend within the Protestantization process in Mexico is its increasing regionalization, or, strictly speaking, geographical shift of the ‘weight’ of the process.
  • Furthermore, not only have the advocates of the Protestantization process often exaggerated its impact - so have its critics.


Pronunciation: /ˈprɒtɪst(ə)ntʌɪz/
(also Protestantise) verb
Example sentences
  • If you want to Protestantize the Catholic Church, you're going to get Protestant-type results.
  • This finally leads me to his claim in his second article that following the Second Vatican Council the Mass was ‘Protestantised’.
  • This group of believers is actively resisting increasing social ‘Protestatization’ with a ‘Protestantized’ Catholicism.


Mid 16th century: via German or French from Latin protestant- 'protesting', from Latin protestari (see protest).

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