Definition of Methodist in US English:



  • A member of a Christian Protestant denomination originating in the 18th-century evangelistic movement of Charles and John Wesley and George Whitefield.

    The Methodist Church grew out of a religious society established within the Church of England, from which it formally separated in 1791. It is particularly strong in the US and now constitutes one of the largest Protestant denominations worldwide, with more than 30 million members. Methodism has a strong tradition of missionary work and concern with social welfare, and emphasizes the believer's personal relationship with God

    • ‘A proposal to join with the Scottish Episcopalians, Methodists and the United Reformed Churches was rejected by 384 votes to 99.’
    • ‘Most of the people are Roman Catholics, Anglican, Methodists, Baptists, or Mennonites.’
    • ‘Certainly, the Wesley Connection of Methodists took an overtly antislavery position.’
    • ‘As early as 1882 the Wesleyan Methodists provided regular religious services for the settlers at Johnburgh.’
    • ‘From unassuming beginnings in the 1760s, Wesleyan Methodists had achieved many successes in America by the close of the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘We knew that the Methodists were really Anglicans with more money.’
    • ‘Other Protestant groups include Methodists, Moravians, Baptists, and Seventh-Day Adventists.’
    • ‘What would you say to those millions of people who are going to go synagogues tomorrow and wards of your church and Catholics and Protestants and Methodists.’
    • ‘And this discomfort isn't limited to Presbyterians and Methodists and Anglicans.’
    • ‘Lutherans, Calvinists, Methodists, Baptists and even agnostics have found him deserving.’
    • ‘The Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Mormons all have impressive emergency relief works after major events.’
    • ‘It was an all-out attack on the Calvinistic theology embraced by George Whitefield and many other early Methodists.’
    • ‘To their credit, I saw some Methodists speaking to the young lady after the meeting.’
    • ‘The General Synod approved a series of measures yesterday to bring Anglicans and Methodists closer together.’
    • ‘You are influenced heavily by John Wesley and the Methodists.’
    • ‘Wesleyan Methodists banned women from preaching to mixed congregations in 1803.’
    • ‘This year is a special year for Methodists as it is the tercentenary of John Wesley's birth.’
    • ‘The service was organised through the Ecumenical Partnership which includes Anglicans, Methodists, Roman Catholics and the Society of Friends.’
    • ‘Other groups were gaining a significant foothold too, including Baptists, Methodists, Mennonites, Christian Reformed, and Episcopalians.’
    • ‘Baptists were most prominent, followed by Presbyterians and Methodists.’
    nonconformist, protestant, freethinker, recusant
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  • Relating to Methodists or Methodism.

    ‘a Methodist chapel’
    • ‘He arrived in Whitby at a time when rural Methodist chapels were closing one by one and believers were few and far between.’
    • ‘He was baptized in a Methodist church at age 14, but soon drifted into agnosticism.’
    • ‘The Anglican and Methodist churches have signed a covenant intended to heal their 200-year rift and pave the way to reunification.’
    • ‘Christianity was brought to the islands in the 1830s primarily by Methodist missionaries.’
    • ‘It meant he travelled around all the different Methodist chapels, constantly meeting and working with people.’
    • ‘There, many miles into the country was a little clapboard Methodist church, built, in part, by the Lamptons, in 1861.’
    • ‘He made frequent diversions to towns and villages along the way, but the three cities became the great centres of Methodist influence.’
    • ‘Villagers are raising funds to replace the ageing structure, once a Methodist chapel in Sutton-on-Derwent.’
    • ‘When faith and discipline are seen as the essential ingredients of Methodist piety, there is no mystery about the twentieth century collapse.’
    • ‘We began with prayer led by Graham Jones, the Methodist chaplain, and the sharing of bread and wine.’
    • ‘My mother shuffled us around, as kids, to various Southern Baptist and Methodist churches, with little or no sustained involvement.’
    • ‘Such positions were available to Methodist women only if they went abroad, as missionaries.’
    • ‘The grounds are pocked with small lava pits, which are used to cook poultry and sides of beef donated by Methodist church groups.’
    • ‘In other areas of the South, Methodist women heeded the national Church's call for racial reconciliation.’
    • ‘Several examples provide illustration about how Methodist women recruited their husbands to the church.’
    • ‘Although it is a Roman Catholic church, the service will be for people from all faiths with Anglican and Methodist ministers also taking part.’
    • ‘The odd pheasant springs hazardously from behind a dry stone wall and the occasional chapel marks this out as Methodist country.’
    • ‘This hymn has traditionally been the first hymn in Methodist hymnals since the time of Wesley.’
    • ‘It was built as a Methodist chapel in 1910, became a convalescence hospital during the First World War, and was later partly used as a billiard hall.’
    • ‘Andrew's parents were Methodist missionaries in India, but although a religious man he declared at the age of 3 that he wanted to be a doctor.’


Probably from the notion of following a specified ‘method’ of Bible study.