communion

noun com·mu·nion \ kə-ˈmyü-nyən \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of communion

1 : an act or instance of sharing
2 a 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

  1. She went to the front of the church for Communion.

  2. gradually established a feeling of communion with her fellow physicians

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Origin and Etymology of communion

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


COMMUNION Defined for English Language Learners

communion

noun

Definition of communion for English Language Learners

  • Communion : a Christian ceremony in which bread is eaten and wine is drunk as a way of showing devotion to Jesus Christ

  • : a close relationship with someone or something

  • : a group of Christians who have the same beliefs


COMMUNION Defined for Kids

communion

noun com·mu·nion \ kə-ˈmyü-nyən \

Definition of communion for Students

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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