congregant

noun
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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But when Wheeler arrived Tuesday with a former congregant, a church critic and reporters, he was told to leave. Mitch Weiss And Holbrook Mohr, Fox News, "Church says candidate trespassed, but he says he was invited," 3 Aug. 2018 On Ash Wednesday, priests gather ashes from the previous Palm Sunday (more on that later) and rub them on the congregant's foreheads. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Christian Holiday," 13 Feb. 2019 Rob Tibbetts urged congregants to remember his daughter's passion for life and her desire to help others. Fox News, "Latest: Suspect in Iowa student's killing hires new lawyers," 27 Aug. 2018 In February 2017, the AP cited 43 former members who said congregants were regularly punched and choked in an effort to beat out devils. Washington Post, "2 members of secretive NC sect charged with fraud conspiracy," 9 June 2018 He was shot eight times when a 26-year-old man opened fire on congregants at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in November, leaving 26 people dead and 20 wounded. Andrea Zelinski, Houston Chronicle, "Sutherland Springs survivor urges gun owners to push back against NRA," 26 May 2018 Last summer, he was charged with ethnic intimidation and harassing congregants at a Buddhist temple in Montgomery County. Dan Spinelli, Philly.com, "He was a competitive snowboarder accused of defrauding investors. Now this Christian preacher has area colleges on edge," 11 May 2018 Reconnecting with a community of fellow congregants is an additional draw. Jack Wertheimer, WSJ, "Why Go to Synagogue Once a Year?," 6 Sep. 2018 The congregant later launched a variety of complaints against Moore to the national offices of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "Prominent progressive D.C. church, accused of racism, tries to move on," 10 July 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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congregant

noun

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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