of or relating to a congregation: congregational singing.
(initial capital letter) pertaining or adhering to a form of Protestant church government in which each local church acts as an independent, self-governing body, while maintaining fellowship with like congregations.

Origin of congregational

First recorded in 1570–80; congregation + -al1
Related formscon·gre·ga·tion·al·ly, adverbnon-Con·gre·ga·tion·al, adjectiveun·con·gre·ga·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or relating to a congregation
(usually capital) of, relating to, or denoting the Congregational Church, its members, or its beliefs
Derived Formscongregationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for congregational

1630s, in reference to Congregationalism, a Protestant movement in which church congregations were to be self-governing (the term most used in New England, in Britain they were called Independent); from congregation + -al (1). Related: Congregationalist.

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