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congregation

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noun con·gre·ga·tion \ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shən\

Simple Definition of congregation

  • : the people who are attending a religious service

  • : the people who regularly attend religious services

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of congregation

  1. 1 a :  an assembly of persons :  gathering; especially :  an assembly of persons met for worship and religious instruction b :  a religious community: as (1) :  an organized body of believers in a particular locality (2) :  a Roman Catholic religious institute with only simple vows (3) :  a group of monasteries forming an independent subdivision of an order

  2. 2 :  the act or an instance of congregating or bringing together :  the state of being congregated

  3. 3 :  a body of cardinals and officials forming an administrative division of the papal curia

Examples of congregation in a sentence

  1. The priest addressed the congregation.

  2. She is a member of a small congregation.



Did You Know?

The verb congregate may be used for spontaneous gatherings. A crowd quickly congregates at the scene of an accident, for example, just as cows, sheep, or horses tend to congregate during a storm. And under military rule, citizens are often forbidden to congregate on street corners or anywhere else. But a congregation is generally a group that has gathered for a formal purpose, usually in church. The Congregational Church was originally the church of the Puritan settlers, in which each congregation governed its own church independent of any higher authority.

14th Century

First Known Use of congregation

14th century

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CONGREGATION Defined for Kids

congregation

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noun con·gre·ga·tion \ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shən\

Definition of congregation for Students

  1. 1 :  an assembly of persons gathered for religious worship

  2. 2 :  a gathering or collection of people or things

  3. 3 :  the membership of a church or synagogue





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