- an assembly of persons brought together for common religious worship.
- the act of congregating or the state of being congregated.
- a gathered or assembled body; assemblage.
- an organization formed for the purpose of providing for worship of God, for religious education, and for other church activities; a local church society.
- the people of Israel. Ex. 12:3,6; Lev. 4:13.
- New Testament. the Christian church in general.
- Roman Catholic Church.
- a committee of cardinals or other ecclesiastics.
- a community of men or women, either with or without vows, observing a common rule.
- (at English universities) the general assembly of the doctors, fellows, etc.
- (in colonial North America) a parish, town, plantation, or other settlement.
Origin of congregation
Examples from the Web for congregation
The congregation was warm, friendly, and welcoming—traits, he says, he later came to believe they used to coax members in.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
One woman, BB, is a former pastor who was outed to her congregation before she could even tell her loved ones.Mississippi Is Hell for These Lesbians
August 8, 2014
Members of the congregation will join in hymns during the performance.The First Americans to Observe the 4th Were Moravian Pacifists
Linda C. Brinson
July 4, 2014
I asked a question once, from the top lay-member of our congregation in Greenhaven.
The New York Board of Rabbis would send in cases of macaroons for the congregation at every Passover.
I received no answer, and then I turned to the congregation.
She has many judicious helpers in her father's congregation.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
In this instance it was hard to say which was the more surprised, the revivalist or the congregation.In the Midst of Alarms
And presently his surprise was reflected by the congregation.Quaint Courtships
The nave of the church is now filled with seats for the use of the congregation.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
- a group of persons gathered for worship, prayer, etc, esp in a church or chapel
- the act of congregating or collecting together
- a group of people, objects, etc, collected together; assemblage
- the group of persons habitually attending a given church, chapel, etc
- RC Church
- a society of persons who follow a common rule of life but who are bound only by simple vows
- Also called: dicasteryan administrative subdivision of the papal curia
- an administrative committee of bishops for arranging the business of a general council
- mainly British an assembly of senior members of a university
Word Origin and History for congregation
mid-14c., "a gathering, assembly," from Old French congregacion (12c., Modern French congrégation), from Latin congregationem (nominative congregatio), noun of action from congregare (see congregate).
Used by Tyndale to translate Greek ekklesia in New Testament and by some Old Testament translators in place of synagoge. (Vulgate uses a variety of words in these cases, including congregatio but also ecclesia, vulgus, synagoga, populus.) Protestant reformers in 16c. used it in place of church; hence the word's main modern sense of "local society of believers" (1520s).