- Ecclesiastical. a person under instruction in the rudiments of Christianity, as in the early church; a neophyte.
- a person being taught the elementary facts, principles, etc., of any subject.
Origin of catechumen
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Historical Examples of catechumenate
About the year 300, those desirous of being baptized were (a) admitted to the catechumenate, giving in their names to the bishop.
These two rites really begin the catechumenate or period of instruction in the faith and discipline of the church.
- Christianity a person, esp in the early Church, undergoing instruction prior to baptism
Word Origin for catechumen
"new convert," 15c., from French catéchumène, from Church Latin catechumenus, from Greek katekhoumenos "one being instructed," passive present participle of katekhein (see catechesis).