Definition of congregation
1a : an assembly of persons : gathering; especially : an assembly of persons met for worship and religious instructionb : 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
3 : a body of cardinals and officials forming an administrative division of the papal curia
Examples of congregation in a sentence
The priest addressed the congregation.
She is a member of a small congregation.
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
First Known Use: 14th century
CONGREGATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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