from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of an evangelical Protestant church founded on the principles of John and Charles Wesley in England in the early 1700s and characterized by active concern with social welfare and public morals.
  • noun One who emphasizes or insists on systematic procedure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun [lowercase] One who is characterized. by strict adherence to method; one who thinks or acts according to a fixed system or definite principles; one who is thoroughly versed in method.
  • noun One of a sect of ancient physicians who practised by method or theory. Compare Dogmatist, 2.
  • noun A member of the Christian denomination founded by John Wesley (1703-91).
  • Of or pertaining to Methodism or the Methodists; belonging to or agreeing with the general body of Methodists: as, Methodist principles; a Methodist church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete One who observes method.
  • noun One of an ancient school of physicians who rejected observation and founded their practice on reasoning and theory.
  • noun (Theol.) One of a sect of Christians, the outgrowth of a small association called the “Holy Club,” formed at Oxford University, a. d. 1729, of which the most conspicuous members were John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley; -- originally so called from the methodical strictness of members of the club in all religious duties.
  • noun A person of strict piety; one who lives in the exact observance of religious duties; -- sometimes so called in contempt or ridicule.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the sect of Methodists

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A member of the Methodist Church; a Wesleyan.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the branch of Christianity that adheres to the views of Wesley (1703-1791)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a follower of Wesleyanism as practiced by the Methodist Church
  • adjective of or pertaining to or characteristic of the branch of Protestantism adhering to the views of Wesley


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