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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
Recent Examples on the Web The siblings took the best parts of Burning Man and Coachella — the communion of artists, musicians and a troop of happy campers — and left behind the unappealing aspects, such as the desert dust and the millennials in Woodstock attire. Washington Post, "Get crowds off your calendar in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Priests and other church officials also are being asked to wash their hands before and after distributing communion. USA TODAY, "Gray whale tows calf, wolves on the move, John Dillinger won’t be exhumed; News from around our 50 states," 11 Jan. 2020 Above all, a yearning for local communion and champions that America’s hyper-commercialised franchises cannot satisfy. The Economist, "In praise of high-school football," 14 Dec. 2019 Ed was also active for many years in Legion of Mary, St. Vincent De Paul Society, the Parish Council, worked bingo for over 40 years, and brought communion to the sick., "Edward P. Danek," 13 Sep. 2019 Wallace's daughter, Tiffany Wallace, told Dallas TV station KXAS that her father was a deacon at the church and had just handed out communion when the gunman approached him. Arkansas Online, "Firearms instructor took out gunman at Texas church service," 31 Dec. 2019 In addition to this pop-culture communion, thoughts turn to the very nature of modern celebrity status. Washington Post, "‘The Masked Singer’ lets us work out our national anxieties about who’s who and what’s true," 18 Dec. 2019 Every Sunday there was an ccumenical church service with communion and singing of familiar hymns led by the beautiful voice of Pastor Gordon Gathright. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted to SPPD: ‘Your service is needed, appreciated and never taken for granted’," 7 Dec. 2019 Increases in the number of women entering the workforce, starting in the 1960s, can account for gains in the competency and communion categories, the researchers said. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartz at Work, "Women in the US are seen to be as smart as men, but not ready to lead," 22 July 2019

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

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1 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Communion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of communion

: a Christian ceremony in which bread is eaten and wine is drunk as a way of showing devotion to Jesus Christ
formal : a close relationship with someone or something
formal : a group of Christians who have the same beliefs


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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