[ih-klee-zhee-uh, -zee-uh]See more synonyms for ecclesia on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural ec·cle·si·ae [ih-klee-zhee-ee, -zee-ee] /ɪˈkli ʒiˌi, -ziˌi/.
- an assembly, especially the popular assembly of ancient Athens.
- a congregation; church.
Origin of ecclesia
< Greek ekklēsía
assembly, equivalent to ékklēt(os
) summoned (ek- ec-
variant of kal-,
stem of kaleîn
to call, + -tos
past participle suffix) + -ia -ia
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for ecclesia
noun plural -siae (-zɪˌiː)
- (in formal Church usage) a congregation
- the assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Late Greek ekklēsia assembly, from ekklētos called, from ekkalein to call out, from kalein to call
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012