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.

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On Sunday morning he was warmly welcomed by congregants of the 16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham as the featured speaker at the 56th commemoration of the 1963 church bombing. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Sunday Trail Markers: Dems call for Kavanaugh's impeachment," 15 Sep. 2019 The ordeal has perturbed some of Heber’s congregants. Katherine Khashimova Long, The Seattle Times, "After a rabbi sent her explicit messages, JBLM soldier’s wife says she was targeted and betrayed," 30 July 2019 The diocese accused Gallagher of alienating Hispanic congregants and adding a bar and piano to his former living room at the church rectory. Marc Freeman,, "Priest's slander lawsuit against diocese stopped by appeals court," 9 May 2018 Rogers said the enlarged archival work covers more than 60 new parishes, with many congregants hailing from Lithuania, Poland, and Portugal. Alison Kuznitz,, "A digital family tree grows in Boston," 4 Sep. 2019 The second Torah given to the synagogue was donated by congregant, Dorothy Rosenfeld. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Chabad of The Woodlands celebrates milestone with new Torah," 29 Aug. 2019 The task was complicated by the religious holiday; the congregants, and a lot of the other passengers on the boy’s flight from Israel, weren’t answering their phones. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 Two years later, at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a gunman killed 26 congregants, including a pregnant woman, her unborn child and a toddler who was wrapped in her dying father’s arms. Time, "How Likely Is the Risk of Being Shot in America? It Depends," 13 Aug. 2019 More Stories As the film begins, Mara has fallen in love with a local congregant named Augie (Thomas Mann) who has begun to distance himself from the church. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Them That Follow Is a Lazy Portrait of Religious Fanaticism," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of congregant

1886, in the meaning defined above

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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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