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 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 Earlier this month, a congregant at a southern Kentucky church tested positive for the coronavirus after the church defied Beshear’s suggestion to cancel Sunday services, according to local news reports. NBC News, "'This virus is no joke': Kentucky officials don't wait for surge of coronavirus cases to tighten restrictions," 27 Mar. 2020 Whitmer told the congregants at Citadel of Praise Church on Detroit’s west side. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Gretchen Whitmer, Mike Duggan hit campaign trail for Joe Biden," 8 Mar. 2020 The blazes terrorized congregants at the historically black houses of worship. Darran Simon, CNN, "Louisiana man pleads guilty to setting fire to three black churches in Louisiana," 10 Feb. 2020 Of the 20 or so congregants at the small church, about half were children. Washington Post, "At one church, combating neighborhood violence requires prayer and footwork," 7 Jan. 2020 A couple dozen paddlefish huddle together in a five-gallon jug with their translucent paddles raised heavenward, looking like congregants at an extraterrestrial prayer meeting. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "These surreal jarred fish tell an urgent story of extinction," 20 Sep. 2019 In 2018, a man fire on congregants at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hate crimes cataloged: Five years of malice and spite in San Diego County," 30 Aug. 2019 Nearly all congregants at Adalberto United Methodist are living in the country illegally, and the Rev. Emma Lozano attributed the large number of no-shows to fear. Sophia Tareen,, "‘Everybody is nervous’: Officials mum on details as threat of nationwide immigration crackdown looms," 14 July 2019

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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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1 Jun 2020

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“Congregant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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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