com·​mu·​nion | \ kə-ˈmyü-nyən How to pronounce communion (audio) \

Definition of communion

1 : an act or instance of sharing
2a capitalized : a Christian sacrament in which consecrated bread and wine are consumed as memorials of Christ's death or as symbols for the realization of a spiritual union between Christ and communicant or as the body and blood of Christ
b : the act of receiving Communion
c capitalized : the part of a Communion service in which the sacrament is received
3 : intimate fellowship or rapport : communication sat alone on the mountain, in communion with the wilderness
4 : a body of Christians having a common faith and discipline the Anglican communion

Examples of communion in a Sentence

She went to the front of the church for Communion. gradually established a feeling of communion with her fellow physicians
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First Known Use of communion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for communion

Middle English, from Latin communion-, communio mutual participation, from communis — see common entry 1

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28 May 2022

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com·​mu·​nion | \ kə-ˈmyü-nyən How to pronounce communion (audio) \

Kids Definition of communion

1 : a close relationship in communion with nature
2 capitalized : a Christian ceremony commemorating with bread and wine the last supper of Jesus Christ
3 : a body of Christians having similar beliefs

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