congregational

adjective con·gre·ga·tion·al \ ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shnəl , -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

congregationalism

play \ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌli-\ noun, often capitalized

congregationalist

play \ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shnə-list, -shə-nə-list\ noun or adjective, often capitalized

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First Known Use of congregational

1639


CONGREGATIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

congregational

adjective

Definition of congregational for English Language Learners

  • : involving or done by the people who attend religious services : relating to a congregation

  • Congregational : 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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