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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The church, which meets once a month in parks across the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, draws around 50 congregants. Hannah Natanson, The Seattle Times, "At the Church of the Wild, congregants wander silent and barefoot through nature," 6 Aug. 2018 The church has been accused of beating congregants to expel demons. Mitch Weiss And Holbrook Mohr, Fox News, "Church says candidate trespassed, but he says he was invited," 3 Aug. 2018 As congregants with connections to the burial ground passed away, so did the memories of its existence. Washington Post, "Historic black burial site under playground to get memorial," 5 July 2018 Please stay away from the area and keep the congregants and law enforcement in your prayers. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh: what we know," 28 Oct. 2018 Most of those businesses' employees are congregants, the AP found. Fox News, "Father, son plead guilty to fraud involving secretive sect," 25 May 2018 And church leaders accused Gallagher of alienating Hispanic congregants by harassing a Cuban priest, and also criticized his decision to add a bar and piano in his former living room at the church rectory. Marc Freeman,, "Disgruntled priest asking state Supreme Court to let him sue Catholic Church," 22 June 2018 Some of the top leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church, which is split between Hispanic and white congregants and liberal and conservative voters, took a strong position. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "Why many white evangelicals are not protesting family separations on the U.S. border," 18 June 2018 That report was part of the AP's ongoing investigation into claims that church leaders had abused congregants for years. Mitch Weiss And Holbrook Mohr, Fox News, "2 members of secretive NC sect charged with fraud conspiracy," 7 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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