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 Face masks will remain required inside churches, but congregational singing will be allowed again. Eliza Fawcett,, "Daily coronavirus updates: Archbishop of Hartford calls Catholics back to Mass," 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, "Kindergarten students learn about hunger, kindness and sharing: Valley Views," 19 Apr. 2021 There were only 30 guests allowed and there was no congregational singing. Washington Post, "The royal funeral was a reminder of the value of rituals," 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,, "Prince Philip's Funeral Timeline: Full Schedule, Guest List, Procession and More," 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, "Cleveland Heights has big plans for 100th anniversary year: Press Run," 16 Apr. 2021 The married father was pleased to see church leaders acknowledge the reality of congregational life for so many members in the 16.6 million-member faith. The Salt Lake Tribune, "They make up most of the adult LDS membership. So why do they feel like outsiders? Because they’re single.," 10 Apr. 2021 Incarnate Word Sister Margaret Taylor, congregational leader, said Sharron Dill, SIW development director, Sister Jacinta Benavidez and Sister Carol Tobler, both in SIW leadership, helped plan the local food drive. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Incarnate Word sisters’ food drive aids Parma Heights Food Pantry: Sun Postings," 16 Mar. 2021 A year after the Rock City Church stopped weekly in-person congregational worship and went to online video-streaming of services only, the church still avoids in-person gatherings. al, "Birmingham’s ‘Pastor Mike Jr.’ hits No. 1 on Billboard gospel airplay chart," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of congregational

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2021

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“Congregational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 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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