Definition of logion in US English:



  • A saying attributed to Jesus Christ, especially one not recorded in the canonical Gospels.

    • ‘Resolving the issue of whether or not the statement in v 12 was once an autonomous logion - as some authors argued - is not a determining factor for determining the meaning of the passage.’
    • ‘I want to study the possibilities of finding more fragments of the Aramaic logia or the Q source, in other words, the sayings of Jesus.’
    • ‘In Martin Hengel's judgment ‘there is hardly one logion of Jesus which more sharply runs counter to law, piety, and custom’.’


Late 19th century: from Greek, ‘oracle’, from logos ‘word’.