Wesleyan

Wesleyan

[wes-lee-uhn, wez-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
2.
pertaining to Methodism.
noun
3.
a follower of John Wesley.
4.
Chiefly British. a Methodist.

Origin:
1765–75; Wesley + -an

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Wesleyan (ˈwɛzlɪən)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or deriving from John Wesley
2.  of, relating to, or characterizing Methodism, esp in its original form or as upheld by the branch of the Methodist Church known as the Wesleyan Methodists
 
n
3.  a follower of John Wesley
4.  a member of the Methodist Church or (formerly) of the Wesleyan Methodists
 
'Wesleyanism
 
n

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Wesleyan
"pertaining to Wesley," 1771, in ref. to John Wesley (1703-91), founder of Methodism. The surname is from various places in England named West Leigh (or some variant).
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