One who, in the time of Queen Elizabeth and the first two Stuarts, opposed traditional and formal usages, and advocated simpler forms of faith and worship than those established by law; -- originally, a term of reproach. The Puritans formed the bulk of the early population of New England.
- : a puritanical person
- : acting or behaving according to the Puritan morals (e.g. propagating modesty), especially with regard to pleasure, nudity and sex