congregation

noun
con·​gre·​ga·​tion | \ ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce congregation (audio) \

Definition of congregation

1a : an assembly of persons : gathering especially : an assembly of persons met for worship and religious instruction
b : a religious community: such as
(1) : an organized body of believers in a particular locality The pastor delivered a lengthy sermon to the congregation.
(2) : a Roman Catholic religious institute with only simple vows a congregation of nuns
(3) : a group of monasteries forming an independent subdivision of an order
2 : the act or an instance of congregating or bringing together : the state of being congregated
3 : a body of cardinals and officials forming an administrative division of the papal curia

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Synonyms for congregation

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The verb congregate may be used for spontaneous gatherings. A crowd quickly congregates at the scene of an accident, for example, just as cows, sheep, or horses tend to congregate during a storm. And under military rule, citizens are often forbidden to congregate on street corners or anywhere else. But a congregation is generally a group that has gathered for a formal purpose, usually in church. The Congregational Church was originally the church of the Puritan settlers, in which each congregation governed its own church independent of any higher authority.

Examples of congregation in a Sentence

The priest addressed the congregation. She is a member of a small congregation.
Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, the spiritual toxicity unleashed by some in this congregation will probably outlast the pandemic. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Racy Instagram postings alarm family friend," 4 Oct. 2020 Unfortunately, the spiritual toxicity unleashed by some in this congregation will likely outlast the pandemic. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Racy Instagram postings alarm family friend," 4 Oct. 2020 Unfortunately, the spiritual toxicity unleashed by some in this congregation will likely outlast the pandemic. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: 13-year-old’s racy Instagram alarms family friend," 4 Oct. 2020 Lewis knows people in his own congregation who have contracted the coronavirus. Star Tribune, "Milwaukee pastor who survived COVID-19 is now helping others," 27 Sep. 2020 Speaking in tongues refers to using an unintelligible language, which is often interpreted by someone else in the congregation. Mathew Schmalz, The Conversation, "What is charismatic Catholicism?," 25 Sep. 2020 The other members have gone virtual in their participation in the congregation. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Churches find ways to worship during pandemic," 24 Sep. 2020 Including members of his congregation and their relatives, Dale was the seventh person connected to his church to die from covid. Washington Post, "A Black family battled covid-19 at the same time as Trump. It devastated them.," 28 Oct. 2020 But while a number of Latter-day Saint women have mobilized this year to vote for Biden, Hansen said her views haven’t always been met with support from some members of her congregation. The Salt Lake Tribune, "More Utah women are donating to Biden as Trump struggles with female voters," 28 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'congregation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of congregation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for congregation

see congregate entry 1

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The first known use of congregation was in the 14th century

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19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Congregation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/congregation. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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congregation

noun
How to pronounce congregation (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of congregation

: the people who are attending a religious service
: the people who regularly attend religious services

congregation

noun
con·​gre·​ga·​tion | \ ˌkäŋ-gri-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce congregation (audio) \

Kids Definition of congregation

1 : an assembly of persons gathered for religious worship
2 : a gathering or collection of people or things
3 : the membership of a church or synagogue

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