con·​gre·​ga·​tion·​al | \ ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shnəl How to pronounce congregational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of congregational

1 : of or relating to a congregation
2 capitalized : of or relating to a body of Protestant churches deriving from the English Independents of the 17th century and affirming the essential importance and the autonomy of the local congregation
3 : of or relating to church government placing final authority in the assembly of the local congregation

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Other Words from congregational

congregationalism \ ˌkäŋ-​gri-​ˈgā-​shnə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce congregational (audio) , -​shə-​nə-​ˌli-​ \ noun, often capitalized
congregationalist \ ˌkäŋ-​gri-​ˈgā-​shnə-​list How to pronounce congregational (audio) , -​shə-​nə-​list \ noun or adjective, often capitalized

Examples of congregational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Baptists use congregational polity, which means that there is no formal hierarchy beyond the local church. Dominic Pino, National Review, 3 June 2021 Hungary’s Budapest Temple, announced two years ago, would be relatively close, and Austria’s membership gains (5,000) and congregational growth have virtually stalled. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 Cardinal John Dew, who is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wellington and Metropolitan of New Zealand, made the apology at the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care on behalf of the bishops and congregational leaders in New Zealand. Reuters, CNN, 26 Mar. 2021 Face masks will remain required inside churches, but congregational singing will be allowed again. Eliza Fawcett,, 10 May 2021 Zecher served as a congregational rabbi in the Berkshires for 35 years before pursuing her musical passion as a cabaret singer. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 19 Apr. 2021 There were only 30 guests allowed and there was no congregational singing. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2021 The choir will be located in the nave, away from the seated congregation, and in line with public health guidelines, there will be no congregational singing. Erin Hill,, 16 Apr. 2021 Zecher, after 35 years as a congregational rabbi mainly in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, decided to pursue her passion for music as a cabaret singer. cleveland, 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of congregational

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jun 2021

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“Congregational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of congregational

: involving or done by the people who attend religious services : relating to a congregation
: relating to a group of Christian churches that believe that the people who attend each church should make their own decisions, rules, etc.


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