- a committee of cardinals or other ecclesiastics.
- a community of men or women, either with or without vows, observing a common rule.
- congregate housing,
- congregational church,
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.
One woman, BB, is a former pastor who was outed to her congregation before she could even tell her loved ones.
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|DAILY BEAST
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.
The congregation is very small, consisting almost exclusively of women, who seem to do penance for both sexes in Cuba.Foot-prints of Travel|Maturin M. Ballou
The congregation was not proportioned to the size of the great edifice.Our Hundred Days in Europe|Oliver Wendell Holmes
It is not hard to make for oneself a colourful picture of a typical Sunday congregation in these dead and gone days.Greenwich Village|Anna Alice Chapin
Again, "Disturbing the Congregation" is an etching subject, elaborated.The Life Of George Cruikshank, Vol. II. (of II)|Blanchard Jerrold
One congregation dwells below on the shore by the sea, the other is in the castle above.The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela|Benjamin of Tudela
- a society of persons who follow a common rule of life but who are bound only by simple vows
- Also called: dicastery an administrative subdivision of the papal curia
- an administrative committee of bishops for arranging the business of a general council
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).