com·​mu·​nion | \kə-ˈmyü-nyən \

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

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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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Under Catholic teaching, divorce is not permitted, and Catholics who remarry after divorce are therefore understood to be in a state of sin that precludes their ability to take communion. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Catholic Church insiders are calling for Pope Francis to resign. Here’s why.," 28 Aug. 2018 The bombing of the stadium was foiled, but that night haunts this moment, and the desire for a time of celebration and communion in the streets of Paris. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 The last time a similar trip was organized, in 2014, a group led by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, of Boston, made international headlines by distributing communion through sections of border fence. Daniel Blue Tyx, Washington Post, "U.S. Catholic bishops to minister to children in border detention centers," 2 July 2018 During communion, the clergy and parishioners distributed the host to about 2,400 people, according to the Rev. Robert E. Casey. Cristela Guerra,, "Thousands gather for Castle Island sunrise Easter Mass," 1 Apr. 2018 That’s the set Butler-Gee used Sunday during the communion service. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "This 400-year-old church is older than almost any institution in America," 9 May 2018 This show includes more than 150 examples – sewing boxes, jewelry boxes, communion boxes, picture frames, small furniture pieces — from the United States and seven other countries. Anita Gates, New York Times, "From 12th Century B.C. to 2017, Art in Startling Variety," 7 Mar. 2018 Meghan Markle also underwent the rite there before her wedding, and Kate Middleton took communion in the space ahead of her own nuptials. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Louis's Christening Details: The Date, Venue, and What We Know About His Godparents," 20 June 2018 The chapel has also been the site of royal baptisms, communions, marriages and burials. Joanna Pocock,, "Watching the royal wedding on the telly? Here's what you need to know about St. George's Chapel and Windsor Castle," 13 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of communion

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


com·​mu·​nion | \kə-ˈmyü-nyən \

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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