con·​gre·​gant | \ ˈkäŋ-gri-gənt How to pronounce congregant (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Places of worship were also allowed to resume operations but with only one congregant inside at a time. NBC News, "DOJ calls on San Francisco to end pandemic policy on places of worship," 26 Sep. 2020 Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman, who works at Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C., learned about Ginsburg’s death from a congregant on Saturday morning. Philissa Cramer,, "How RBG’s death changed Rosh Hashanah services," 22 Sep. 2020 David Resnick, 61, has been a congregant at Beth-El Zedeck his entire life. Jordan Erb, The Indianapolis Star, "Socially distanced, spiritually connected: Jewish community celebrates Rosh Hashanah online," 18 Sep. 2020 Large venues could operate at 50% capacity, and congregant living or healthcare settings could allow non-essential visitors. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "With COVID-19 cases declining, White Mountain Apache Tribe begins reopening," 15 Aug. 2020 Rettig pointed to a recent outbreak at an Ohio church that originated from one congregant. USA TODAY, "Mayflower II, Space Camp saved, Oglala Sioux Tribe: News from around our 50 states," 7 Aug. 2020 When a cohort of Valley churches formed AZ Churches Stand Together and decided to show up to protest earlier in the month, a congregant at Redemption Tempe Church created a car route to avoid the crowd because of COVID-19 concerns. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Sesame Street, protests in the car: How Phoenix's autism community is participating in the Black Lives Matter movement," 11 June 2020 For many congregants there also is great power in lifting their voices with others in singing the familiar melodies. Jack Wertheimer, WSJ, "Why Go to Synagogue Once a Year?," 6 Sep. 2018 The congregants at Rock Church aren’t the first to worship drive-in style; Christianity caught up to car culture a while ago. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "Honk Twice for Hallelujah: What Church Looks Like in the Parking Lot," 18 Apr. 2020

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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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29 Sep 2020

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“Congregant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of congregant

chiefly US : 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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