[ih-klee-zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
noun, plural ec·cle·si·ae [ih-klee-zhee-ee, -zee-ee] /ɪˈkli ʒiˌi, -ziˌi/.
  1. an assembly, especially the popular assembly of ancient Athens.
  2. a congregation; church.

Origin of ecclesia

1570–80; < Latin < Greek ekklēsía assembly, equivalent to ékklēt(os) summoned (ek- ec- + klē-, variant of kal-, stem of kaleîn to call, + -tos past participle suffix) + -ia -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -siae (-zɪˌiː)
  1. (in formal Church usage) a congregation
  2. the assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state

Word Origin for ecclesia

C16: from Medieval Latin, from Late Greek ekklēsia assembly, from ekklētos called, from ekkalein to call out, from kalein to call
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