Definition of baptist in English:



  • 1A member of a Protestant Christian denomination advocating baptism only of adult believers by total immersion. Baptists form one of the largest Protestant bodies and are found throughout the world and especially in the US.

    • ‘Lutherans, Calvinists, Methodists, Baptists and even agnostics have found him deserving.’
    • ‘It's not the Baptists or the Catholics or the Methodists or the Assemblies of God.’
    • ‘Some of these groups, including the Baptists, Quakers, and Mennonites, developed their own forms of worship.’
    • ‘Most of the people are Roman Catholics, Anglican, Methodists, Baptists, or Mennonites.’
    • ‘I only long that we as individuals and as Calvinistic Baptists be Godlike in our response to this calamity.’
    • ‘The 1644 confession was reprinted several times and was the basis of the rapid expansion of the Baptists through the 1650s.’
    • ‘These include Baptists, Moravians and various kinds of Brethren.’
    • ‘As it happens, I am a Southern Baptist, and we Baptists can extol the Scriptures with the best of them.’
    • ‘Despite the attempts to prevent unlawful conventicles, the Baptists, Quakers, and other radicals were not to be uprooted.’
    • ‘Such worship links Pentacostals closely to southern evangelical Baptists.’
    • ‘So we're thinking of becoming, if not Baptists, possibly Baptist church band groupies.’
    • ‘I've even heard that some Baptists have started a Benedictine-style monastery.’
    • ‘Most of the Indian Christians attend St Anne's Church, in North Street, while others are Baptists or Methodists.’
    • ‘Adventists come in as many shades as Baptists, Pentecostals and Methodists do.’
    • ‘Revivalism flourished as Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians vied for converts.’
    • ‘Yet, the Baptist convention there brings Baptists together for evangelism and witness.’
    • ‘After all, more than half of American evangelicals are either Baptists or non-denominational.’
    • ‘This approach allowed for the rapid expansion of Baptists throughout the region.’
    • ‘Lutherans, Anglicans, Baptists and evangelicals complete the broad tapestry.’
    • ‘There are also significant populations of Christians, mainly Baptists and Catholics.’
    nonconformist, protestant, freethinker, recusant
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  • 2A person who baptizes someone.


Middle English (in baptist (sense 2)): from Old French baptiste, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek baptistēs, from baptizein ‘immerse, baptize’.