Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “the Reformation”

the Reformation

noun [S]    
the 16th-century religious ideas and activity in Europe that were an attempt to change and improve the Catholic Church, and resulted in the Protestant Churches being establishedRenaissance: 1501 to 1899Christian denominationsThe Roman Catholic Church
(Definition of the Reformation noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of the Reformation

Translations of “the Reformation”

Word of the Day

beneficiary

a person or group who receives money, advantages, etc. as a result of something else

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More