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1. a Protestant minister or layperson who serves as an itinerant or special preacher, esp. a revivalist.
2. a preacher of the gospel.
3. (cap.) any of the writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) of the four Gospels.
4. (in the primitive church) a person who first brought the gospel to a city or region.
5. (cap.) Mormon Ch.a patriarch.
6. a person marked by evangelical enthusiasm for or support of any cause.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.