Definition of Wesleyan in English:

Wesleyan

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting the teachings of John Wesley or the main branch of the Methodist Church which he founded.

    • ‘The many facets and connections of Wesleyan Methodism make it difficult to generalize about its importance.’
    • ‘Sunday schools run by Baptist, Independent, Unitarian and Wesleyan chapels also provided basic schooling for a small number of children.’
    • ‘In that time he's been a martial arts instructor, a financial advisor, pastored a Wesleyan Methodist church and run a radio show.’
    • ‘From unassuming beginnings in the 1760s, Wesleyan Methodists had achieved many successes in America by the close of the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘Not far from the base of the Christ Church tower - which is no longer a place of worship but an art gallery - stands a magnificent piece of early Victoriana which was once Hartlepool's great Wesleyan chapel.’
    • ‘I devoted my life to God as his servant in a conservative Pentecostal movement… the Apostolic church, I attended a largely mainline Protestant bible college and now I am part of the Wesleyan Methodist church.’
    • ‘Forty-four percent of Tongans belong to the Free Wesleyan Church.’
    • ‘His parents were religious but freethinking, and he attended the Church of England and the Wesleyan chapel.’
    • ‘The Irish had completed their St. Thomas Catholic Church in 1858 followed by the Wesleyan Methodists in 1865.’
    • ‘Catholic and Wesleyan missionaries also attempted to convert the Pacific Islanders.’

noun

  • A follower of Wesley or adherent of the main Methodist tradition.

    • ‘This anthology has introduced me to Wesleyan and Evangelical materials I was only vaguely acquainted with.’
    • ‘In his historical address, Dr John Aaron traced the decline of Calvinism in Wales around the year 1800, when the first Welsh-speaking Wesleyans, John Bryan and Owen Davis, introduced Arminianism for the first time.’
    • ‘Initially chaplains were solely from the Church of England, but Presbyterians were recognized in 1827, Roman Catholics in 1836, Wesleyans in 1881, and Jewish rabbis in 1892.’
    • ‘In 1900, the Bible Christians, who had been active since 1879, combined with the Wesleyans to form the Methodists and became part of the Johnburgh Carrieton United Methodist Circuit.’
    • ‘Although the Wesleyans had bought a block of land in December 1871, it was not until 1874 that a school room was completed to be used as a church.’
    • ‘Now the register has transcripts from some Wesleyan, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic churches, from Trinity Congregational Church and from the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church marriage register.’
    • ‘The expansion of formal education throughout the then Gold Coast (now Ghana) began in the third decade of the nineteenth century with the arrival of Basel, Wesleyan, and Bremen missionaries.’
    • ‘The various branches of Methodism - Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Bible Christians - united in 1902, ahead of a similar union in Britain.’
    • ‘Conflict between the Wesleyans and the Anglican Missionary Society caused the stations to be abandoned in 1836.’
    • ‘The Wesleyans had their Chapel in Commercial Road in 1854 whereas members of the Christian Chapel conducted their meetings in Colman's store.’
    • ‘The Wesleyans opened their church building in 1885.’
    • ‘The movement often took the form of a religious revival and was referred to as a crusade: one teetotal group was even included with the churches by the religious census of 1851, along with temperance Wesleyans and temperance Christians.’
    • ‘I am just talking aloud but I am Wesleyan in my theology.’

Pronunciation

Wesleyan

/ˈwɛzlɪən//ˈwɛslɪən/