communicant

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​cant | \ kə-ˈmyü-ni-kənt How to pronounce communicant (audio) \

Definition of communicant

1 : a church member entitled to receive Communion broadly : a member of a fellowship
2 : one that communicates specifically : informant

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Other Words from communicant

communicant adjective

Examples of communicant in a Sentence

He was a communicant of Holy Cross Church.
Recent Examples on the Web Alfred was a longtime communicant of Church of the Assumption. courant.com, "Alfred Lindbergh Brugnetti," 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, "Coronavirus in congregation with common cup communion leads DC churches to restrict worship practices," 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, "Churches in the U.S. are banning drinking communion wine and the sign of peace to stop the spread of coronavirus," 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, "Marcella Dwyer," 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, "Solemn Parties, Festive Liturgies — What’s Not to Like about Being Catholic?," 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, "Solemn Parties, Festive Liturgies — What’s Not to Like about Being Catholic?," 22 June 2019 Clifford was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. courant.com, "Clifford J. Peters," 9 June 2019 Lillian was a communicant at St. Joseph's Church for many years. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Lillian Miezejesk Pandiani," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of communicant

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 May 2020

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“Communicant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communicant. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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communicant

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of communicant

: a person who is a member of a usually specified Christian church

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