Definition of Anglican in English:



  • Relating to or denoting the Church of England or any Church in communion with it.

    • ‘But Methodist rules forbid the use of fermented grape juice while Anglican church law requires the use of fermented wine.’
    • ‘St Giles is a very large and affluent Anglican church, justifying a Canon and a Reverend and boasting a large congregation.’
    • ‘To me these Anglican Benedictines truly lived out the ideal of service encouraged by their Rule.’
    • ‘She taught Sunday school at both St. George's and St. Luke's Anglican Churches.’
    • ‘However, such preaching was not well received by most Anglican clergy, and churches began to be barred to him.’
    • ‘Well the Anglican church of Australia is of course in full communion with the Church of England.’
    • ‘Another children's service was held on Christmas Eve at St George's Anglican Church.’
    • ‘As leader of the Anglican Communion, the archbishop faced growing demands on his time from Anglican churches abroad.’
    • ‘They were married at Trinity Church, South Australia's first Anglican Church.’
    • ‘He incurred the wrath of the Catholic and Anglican churches and needlessly upset a lot of people.’
    • ‘Over recent years attendance figures at Anglican churches nationally have gradually been declining.’
    • ‘He was not sure whether the Bulgarian Orthodox Church ever recognised Anglican orders.’
    • ‘There are currently no plans to make redundant any Anglican church in the Archdeaconry of Wilts.’
    • ‘Women are now routinely ordained in many Anglican churches and serve as bishops as well in some.’
    • ‘In the UK, we've had a constitutionally enshrined Anglican church for several hundred years now.’
    • ‘It is no longer a question of whether communion among the Anglican churches will be broken.’
    • ‘She was a lifelong member of the Church of England and her father and two brothers were Anglican ministers.’
    • ‘Churchgoers have welcomed a new team rector to Anglican churches in Bacup and Stacksteads.’
    • ‘Senior clergy at the Minster have organised the service in an outward display of unity between the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.’
    • ‘There were speakers from the Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist and Anglican churches.’


  • A member of any of the Anglican Churches.

    • ‘This is why it has been so difficult for Anglicans to experiment with new ways of worship, church life and thinking.’
    • ‘The archbishop of York last night dismissed reports which suggested more Muslims were going to mosques than Anglicans to Church.’
    • ‘For many Anglicans, the admission of children to communion seemed to turn the whole world on its head.’
    • ‘Yet Anglicans must consider how important it is to require Christians to receive laying on of hands by a bishop.’
    • ‘Most Protestants, certainly Anglicans, would be quite at ease with these words, and so they should be since they mirror their theology.’
    • ‘It is a worthwhile exercise to wrestle with that which we Anglicans hold in common apart from our shared history in the Church of England.’
    • ‘His views are backed by conservative and evangelical Anglicans worldwide.’
    • ‘The U.S. agreement reflects good relationships between Lutherans and Anglicans in many countries.’
    • ‘As with Orthodox Christians, Anglicans have no central or overriding authority as do Roman Catholics.’
    • ‘Methodists and Anglicans may currently receive communion in each other's churches.’
    • ‘Baptists did not arrive as missionaries as had Anglicans, Methodists, and Roman Catholics.’
    • ‘The author expresses the hope that Western Anglicans can begin to learn from their non-Western neighbors.’
    • ‘Whether within or separate from the Anglicans, such Christian sects are gaining increasing political significance.’
    • ‘Nowadays, for younger Anglicans and Roman Catholics, this history may feel rather alien and very remote.’
    • ‘The difference between Puritans and Anglicans is nicely illustrated in sermons from the period.’
    • ‘Second, what is the role of the episcopacy in our vocation as Anglicans for the larger Church?’
    • ‘Or is there some uniquely superior way in which this is thought to be more true for Anglicans than for other churches?’
    • ‘Some evangelical Anglicans saw and see it as a betrayal of the Reformation.’
    • ‘For Anglicans, the Diocese of Salisbury holds a special significance with regard to our liturgical origins.’
    • ‘As Anglicans we believe that the Body of Christ is genuinely catholic, that is, genuinely universal.’


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin Anglicanus (its adoption suggested by Anglicana ecclesia ‘the English church’ in the Magna Carta), from Latin Anglicus, from Angli (see Angle).