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

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Most Catholic kids get their first communion in the second grade. Sara Eckel, Longreads, "The Hole in My Soul," 1 June 2018 To create the collection, Kelsey drew inspiration from little girls’ dresses — think big, frilly communion frocks — while also nodding to the southern romantic girl. Teen Vogue, "Designer Kelsey Randall Has Launched a Line of Made-to-Order Baby Doll Dresses," 29 May 2019 Something better in theory than in practice: Taking communion every single day. Ashley Judd, Marie Claire, "Ashley Judd on the Craziest Thing She's Done For Love," 22 Mar. 2019 People who have prepared to become part of the church are baptized and partake in communion for the first time. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 The Russian Orthodox Church suspended communion with Bartholomew’s Ecumenical Patriarchate in protest in October. James Marson, WSJ, "Ukraine Creates ‘a Church Without Putin’," 15 Dec. 2018 Louis Fratino’s magical portraits of friends and lovers capture the last moment of distance that precedes an erotic communion: Though the pictures are all perfectly clear, so is every separate mark that makes them up. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 13 June 2018 Still, with that, the Vatican said all bishops in China are now in communion with Rome. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Vatican agreement with China draws concerns amid crackdown," 28 Sep. 2018 The Vatican announced the deal Saturday, saying that from now on all bishops in China are in communion with Rome. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering," 25 Sep. 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

: 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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