[ kat-i-kist ]
/ ˈkæt ɪ kɪst /


a person who catechizes.
Ecclesiastical. a person appointed to instruct catechumens in the principles of religion as a preparation for baptism.

Nearby words

  1. catechesis,
  2. catechetical,
  3. catechin,
  4. catechise,
  5. catechism,
  6. catechize,
  7. catechol,
  8. catecholamine,
  9. catechu,
  10. catechumen

Origin of catechist

1555–65; < Late Latin catēchista < Greek katēchistḗs, equivalent to katēch(eîn) to teach by word of mouth, orig. to din down, i.e. to get results by shouting (kat- cata- + ēcheîn to sound) + istēs -ist

Related formscat·e·chis·tic, cat·e·chis·ti·cal, adjectivecat·e·chis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·cat·e·chis·tic, adjectivenon·cat·e·chis·ti·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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