- 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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Word Origin and History for catechistic
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