1. the sacrament of Holy Communion; the sacrifice of the Mass; the Lord's Supper.
  2. the consecrated elements of the Holy Communion, especially the bread.
  3. (lowercase) the giving of thanks; thanksgiving.
  4. Christian Science. spiritual communion with God.

Origin of Eucharist

1350–1400; Middle English eukarist < Late Latin eucharistia < Greek eucharístia gratefulness, thanksgiving. See eu-, charisma, -ia
Related formsEu·cha·ris·tic, Eu·cha·ris·ti·cal, adjectiveEu·cha·ris·ti·cal·ly, adverbun-Eu·cha·ris·tic, adjectiveun-Eu·cha·ris·ti·cal, adjectiveun-Eu·cha·ris·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for eucharist

oblation, communion, mass, sacrament

British Dictionary definitions for eucharist


  1. the Christian sacrament in which Christ's Last Supper is commemorated by the consecration of bread and wine
  2. the consecrated elements of bread and wine offered in the sacrament
  3. Mass, esp when regarded as the service where the sacrament of the Eucharist is administered
Derived FormsEucharistic or Eucharistical, adjectiveEucharistically, adverb

Word Origin for Eucharist

C14: via Church Latin from Greek eukharistia, from eukharistos thankful, from eu- + kharizesthai to show favour, from kharis favour
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Word Origin and History for eucharist



"sacrament of the Lord's Supper, the Communion," mid-14c., from Old French eucariste, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Greek eukharistia "thanksgiving, gratitude," later "the Lord's Supper," from eukharistos "grateful," from eu "well" (see eu-) + stem of kharizesthai "show favor," from kharis "favor, grace," from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (see hortatory). Eukharisteo is the usual verb for "to thank, to be thankful" in the Septuagint and New Testament. Related: Eucharistic.

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eucharist in Culture



The sacrament of Communion among Christians (see also Christian).

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