Definition of baptist in US 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.

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