Meaning of Wesleyan in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɛzlɪən/ /ˈwɛslɪən/


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

    ‘From unassuming beginnings in the 1760s, Wesleyan Methodists had achieved many successes in America by the close of the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘Forty-four percent of Tongans belong to the Free Wesleyan Church.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Catholic and Wesleyan missionaries also attempted to convert the Pacific Islanders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Wesleyans opened their church building in 1885.’
    • ‘The Wesleyans had their Chapel in Commercial Road in 1854 whereas members of the Christian Chapel conducted their meetings in Colman's store.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This anthology has introduced me to Wesleyan and Evangelical materials I was only vaguely acquainted with.’
    • ‘I am just talking aloud but I am Wesleyan in my theology.’