congregational

adjective

con·​gre·​ga·​tion·​al ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shnəl How to pronounce congregational (audio)
-shə-nᵊl
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
congregationalism noun often capitalized
congregationalist noun or adjective often capitalized

Examples of congregational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Male cicadas synchronize their calls and produce congregational songs, according to Britannica, which establish territory and attract females. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 22 May 2024 But in the spring of 2022, church leaders brought the proposal of demolishing the old church to a congregational vote, arguing that the costs of maintaining the 1905 church outweighed the practical value of keeping it intact. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2024 In Gaza, the usually joyous season marked by gatherings over traditional food and congregational prayers is unrecognizable. NBC News, 16 Mar. 2024 The Opus 22 is built on an 18th century Dutch model because the 18th century Dutch Protestants raised the roof with their congregational singing. Patrick Neas, Kansas City Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Nicole Sidman, a former teacher and lawyer who now works as congregational life director for Temple Beth El in Charlotte, has tens of thousands in cash for her quest to secure her party’s nomination in House District 105, according to her most recent campaign finance report. Mary Ramsey, Charlotte Observer, 1 Mar. 2024 Sidman now serves as director of congregational life for Temple Beth El in Charlotte. Mary Ramsey, Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 And there is comfort to be found within the boundaries of that Torah: Shabbat calm, congregational harmonies, family gatherings to celebrate seasonal festivals. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 There will be congregational carol singing during the intermezzi between scenes. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of congregational was in 1639

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Cite this Entry

“Congregational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/congregational. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

congregational

adjective
con·​gre·​ga·​tion·​al ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shnəl How to pronounce congregational (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
1
: of or relating to a congregation
2
: of or relating to church government placing final authority in the local congregation
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