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 Christb : the act of receiving Communionc 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
Recent Examples of communion from the Web
The Eastern Orthodox Church is a communion of autonomous churches, each typically governed by a Holy Synod.
Less clear was what their communions would look like in the future.
Jump-starting from zero to light speed, a human crew would be flattened against the bulkhead like so many communion wafers.
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Origin and Etymology of communion
Middle English, from Latin communion-, communio mutual participation, from communis —see 1common
First Known Use: 14th century
COMMUNION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of communion for Students
1 : a close relationship in communion with nature
2 cap : 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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