- a person who catechizes.
- Ecclesiastical. a person appointed to instruct catechumens in the principles of religion as a preparation for baptism.
Origin of catechist
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Examples from the Web for catechist
In 1881 he was elected as the first elder of the church, and in 1887 was appointed a Catechist.The Choctaw Freedmen
Robert Elliott Flickinger
After this, he and Nallamuttoo, the Catechist, daily instructed me and prayed with me for many weeks.Old Daniel
He was quite blind, and told me he was a catechist, which should have put me at my ease.
When I told him of my catechist, he shook his head, and said I was lucky to have got clear off.
A catechist can conduct ordinary services, just as a minister can.Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire
John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
Word Origin and History for catechist
1560s, from Church Latin catechista, from Greek katekhistes "one who catechizes," from katekhizein "to teach orally" (see catechize). Related: Catechistic; catechistical.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper