[ kong-gri-gey-shuh-nl ]
/ ˌkɒŋ grɪˈgeɪ ʃə nl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. congratulatory,
  2. congregant,
  3. congregate,
  4. congregate housing,
  5. congregation,
  6. congregational church,
  7. congregationalism,
  8. congregationalists,
  9. congress,
  10. congress boot

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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British Dictionary definitions for congregational


/ (ˌkɒŋɡrɪˈɡeɪʃənəl) /


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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