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

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 morning is full of small moments like that—hardly life changing, but, taken together, evocative of real human communion. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Joys of Korean Baseball and the Risks of Bringing Back Sports," 12 May 2020 But whereas the pleasures of #vanlife are often depicted with a character from central casting reaching Shangri-La levels of communion with his man bun, microvans are more likely to be photographed humbly crawling over muddy snow. Hannah Elliott,, "Ugly Is a Selling Point for Fans of These Tiny Japanese Vans," 16 Apr. 2020 Her parents took communion on the floor on Easter Sunday in the living room. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "A U-M student, the COVID-19 crisis and a tornado: 'Can all this just stop?'," 30 Apr. 2020 Weeks into quarantine, the general public better recognizes the legitimacy of digital communion, but gamers have known it for decades. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Games Like Fortnite Are Today's 'Third Places'," 29 Apr. 2020 In that case, those exposed should not eat or drink as part of communion. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Catholic Diocese of Cleveland issues coronavirus, flu precautions during Lent," 3 Mar. 2020 Some churches in Italy have stopped placing communion wafers on the tongue, putting them in people’s hands instead. Thomas Mulier, Fortune, "The 1-meter rule: virologists pan high fives, ‘bro hugs’ and kissing as the coronavirus spreads," 26 Feb. 2020 Then Eleanor swallows a communion wafer and starts bleeding all over a church. Darren Franich,, "Evil, the best show on network TV, wraps season 1 with a bleak twist: Finale review," 31 Jan. 2020 Some music just feels destined for secret communion. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Misfit Awesomeness of Neil Peart and Rush," 11 Jan. 2020

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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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Communion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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