congregation

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noun con·gre·ga·tion \ ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of congregation

1 a :an assembly of persons :gathering; especially :an assembly of persons met for worship and religious instruction
b :a religious community: such as
(1) :an organized body of believers in a particular locality
  • The pastor delivered a lengthy sermon to the congregation.
(2) :a Roman Catholic religious institute with only simple vows
  • a congregation of nuns
(3) :a group of monasteries forming an independent subdivision of an order
2 :the act or an instance of congregating or bringing together :the state of being congregated
3 :a body of cardinals and officials forming an administrative division of the papal curia

Examples of congregation in a Sentence

  1. The priest addressed the congregation.

  2. She is a member of a small congregation.

Recent Examples of congregation from the Web

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Did You Know?

The verb congregate may be used for spontaneous gatherings. A crowd quickly congregates at the scene of an accident, for example, just as cows, sheep, or horses tend to congregate during a storm. And under military rule, citizens are often forbidden to congregate on street corners or anywhere else. But a congregation is generally a group that has gathered for a formal purpose, usually in church. The Congregational Church was originally the church of the Puritan settlers, in which each congregation governed its own church independent of any higher authority.

Origin and Etymology of congregation

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CONGREGATION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of congregation for English Language Learners

  • : the people who are attending a religious service

  • : the people who regularly attend religious services


CONGREGATION Defined for Kids

congregation

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noun con·gre·ga·tion \ ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of congregation for Students

1 :an assembly of persons gathered for religious worship
2 :a gathering or collection of people or things
3 :the membership of a church or synagogue


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