communion

noun

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

She went to the front of the church for Communion. gradually established a feeling of communion with her fellow physicians
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of communion was in the 14th century

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“Communion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communion. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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communion

noun
com·​mu·​nion kə-ˈmyü-nyən How to pronounce communion (audio)
1
capitalized
a
: a Christian sacrament in which bread and wine are partaken of as a commemoration of the last supper of Jesus
b
: the part of the Mass in which the Eucharist is received
2
: friendly communication
3
: a body of Christians having a common faith and discipline

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