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

Examples of congregational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lockdown orders intended to contain the pandemic mean there will be no congregational prayers at mosques or even in open fields, no family reunions, no relatives bearing gifts for children. Niniek Karmini,, "Muslims celebrate major holiday amid curfews, virus fears," 24 May 2020 For many people who look forward to the communal aspect of Ramadan and the congregational prayer, this Ramadan is going to be a challenge. Ahmed Ali Akbar, SELF, "Here's How to Stay Centered and Healthy During a Shelter-in-Place Ramadan," 30 Apr. 2020 The southern province of Sindh, however, which is controlled by the opposition, struck out on its own by declaring a ban on congregational prayer during Ramadan. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "As Ramadan Begins, Muslims (Mostly) Accede to Pandemic Orders," 24 Apr. 2020 During the shelter-in-place order, Bay Area mosques have suspended Friday congregational prayers, known as Jumah, and daily prayers. Tony Bravo,, "As Ramadan begins, Bay Area Muslims say sheltering in place will build spirituality," 22 Apr. 2020 Last week, as coronavirus became a global pandemic, the Islamic Society of Milwaukee decided to cancel programming and limit congregational prayers to 15 minutes. Milwaukee Journal Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clergy call on followers to reach out to those in need, maintain sense of community," 15 Mar. 2020 Shah said the Maine CDC will focus on those hospitalized with COVID-19, health care workers, first responders, those in live-in congregational settings and special populations such as pregnant women. Kim Jarrett, Washington Examiner, "Maine seeks more federal assistance as coronavirus cases rise to 52," 20 Mar. 2020 In 2020, the CCL will launch major new initiatives in congregational consulting, clergy search, and directory services, and hopes to include over 2000 churches in its network by 2021. The Enquirer,, "Cincinnati Christian to close at the end of the fall semester after 95 years of operation," 28 Oct. 2019 In 1961, Drake and his father went to a father-son banquet at the Hudson congregational church. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns fan who now lives in Massachusetts listened to 1964 title game on transistor radio," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of congregational

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jun 2020

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“Congregational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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