catechumen

noun
cat·​e·​chu·​men | \ˌka-tə-ˈkyü-mən \

Definition of catechumen 

1 : a convert to Christianity receiving training in doctrine and discipline before baptism

2 : one receiving instruction in the basic doctrines of Christianity before admission to communicant membership in a church

First Known Use of catechumen

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for catechumen

Middle English cathecumyn, from Late Latin catechumenus, from Greek katēchoumenos, present passive participle of katēchein

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