con·gre·gant | \ˈkäŋ-gri-gənt \

Definition of congregant 

: one who congregates specifically : a member of a congregation

Examples of congregant in a Sentence

A small number of congregants had assembled for Midnight Mass. The church depends on the financial support of its congregants.

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As with many mosques across Southern California, congregants at Masjid Al-Fatiha extended the invitation to people of all faiths to join them one evening for prayer and to break the day's fast. Melissa Etehad,, "For Ramadan worshipers, Thai Muslim mosque in Azusa offers diverse practice of faith," 27 May 2018 In September, 11 former congregants told the AP that dozens of church members filed bogus unemployment claims between 2008 and 2013 at the direction of church leaders. Washington Post, "2 members of secretive NC sect charged with fraud conspiracy," 9 June 2018 Meeks travels around the country conducting Sheepdog Seminars, calling on congregants to prepare for violent attacks. Hailey Branson-potts,, "At a church security seminar: Guns, God and 'get those heads up' when you pray," 22 May 2018 Leaders and congregants of Unitarian and African Methodist Episcopal churches are overwhelmingly Democratic, as are those of Reform and Conservative Jewish synagogues. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Border Policies Uniting Religious Leaders – Against Him," 18 June 2018 When Islamic State captured the Iraqi town of Telskuf four years ago this week, terrorists desecrated the local Chaldean Catholic church and beheaded congregants on the altar. Mark Green, WSJ, "Help Is on the Way for Middle Eastern Christians," 13 June 2018 After celebrating Mass last month, congregants here at the Valle de los Caídos basilica walked to the back of the altar to pay homage to Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator who is buried here. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Plan to Exhume Franco Renews Spain’s Wrestle With History," 7 July 2018 The church’s pastor, Tiffanie Irwin, had escalated her control over church congregants over time as church membership dwindled. Chris Harris,, "WATCH: Church Members Beat Teen So Brutally Doctors Thought He'd Been Shot — and His Parents Joined in," 18 June 2018 Not much has changed in the half century since, with 80 percent of American churchgoers still attending services where 80 percent of the congregants are from one racial or ethnic group, according to a 2014 Duke University Study. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Black, white Oakland churches to merge into one," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of congregant

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of congregant was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of congregant

: a person who is part of a congregation : a person who is attending religious services or who regularly attends religious services

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