close communion

[ klohs ]
/ kloʊs /

noun Ecclesiastical.

a communion service in which only members of the same denomination or the same church can participate.

Origin of close communion

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25

Related forms

close commun·ion·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for close communion

  • By this time I had become resigned to this close-communion hospitality and must have slept soundly.

  • I've bin all my life a regler member o' the Baptist Church strict, close-communion, total-immersion Baptists.