communicant

noun

com·​mu·​ni·​cant kə-ˈmyü-ni-kənt How to pronounce communicant (audio)
1
: a church member entitled to receive Communion
broadly : a member of a fellowship
2
: one that communicates
specifically : informant
communicant adjective

Example Sentences

He was a communicant of Holy Cross Church.
Recent Examples on the Web Simon—five years older and strikingly beautiful—works as a political consultant for high-minded left-wing politicians, is a communicant in the Roman Catholic Church, and has considered joining the priesthood. Caleb Crain, The Atlantic, 10 Aug. 2021 The longtime resident of Sherwood Road in Ruxton was an active communicant at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, serving as a vestry member, junior warden and stewardship chair. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 21 Feb. 2021 Alfred was a longtime communicant of Church of the Assumption. courant.com, 4 Sep. 2019 Both the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington have taken precautionary steps: removing holy water from fonts, asking communicants to receive it by hand, and limiting the distribution of the Precious Blood to just priests. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, 10 Mar. 2020 Although each of us communes the Body and Blood of Christ, the invisible microbes that may enter our mouths from the previous communicant are harmless. Christina Capatides, CBS News, 2 Mar. 2020 Marcie was a communicant of Our Lady of Peace Church, worked Bingo, and was an active member of OLOP Retiree Club, which provided her with many years of enjoyment. courant.com, 17 June 2019 Then the procession begins to form, beginning with the crucifer and growing to include banner-carriers, flower girls, and first communicants. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 22 June 2019 Then the procession begins to form, beginning with the crucifer and growing to include banner-carriers, flower girls, and first communicants. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 22 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of communicant was in 1552

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“Communicant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communicant. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

communicant

noun

com·​mu·​ni·​cant kə-ˈmyü-ni-kənt How to pronounce communicant (audio)
1
: a person who takes Communion : a church member
2
: a person who communicates

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