con·​gre·​gant ˈkäŋ-gri-gənt How to pronounce congregant (audio)
: one who congregates
specifically : a member of a congregation

Example Sentences

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 Candy Montgomery, a dissatisfied housewife, began an affair with Allan Gore, husband of her friend and fellow congregant Betty. Jessica Wang,, 19 Dec. 2022 Her melismatic runs sent a female congregant into spasms of holy hysterics. Robert Marovich, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2022 When a Bethel congregant shared Morrison's book, the two church communities realized the path to healing could start close to home. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 23 July 2021 The gunman killed one congregant, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, and injured three other people, including an 8-year-old girl. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2022 That’s a fusion Beatrice Chartrand, a congregant at St. Kateri, found only later in her life. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 July 2022 A month into their correspondence, Zoosman mentioned that a congregant needed a kidney. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Jacki Sundheim was a teacher at Gates of Learning Preschool early in her career and was a lifelong congregant and beloved staff member of North Shore Congregation Israel (NSCI) in Glencoe, Illinois. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 6 July 2022 Jacki Sundheim was a dedicated, lifelong congregant and a staff member at North Shore Congregation Israel for decades, according to the synagogue, which confirmed her death in a statement on its website. Cady Stanton, USA TODAY, 5 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of congregant was in 1886

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“Congregant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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