What does Congregation mean?

Definitions for Congregationˌkɒŋ grɪˈgeɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Congregation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. congregation, fold, faithful(noun)

    a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church

  2. congregation(noun)

    an assemblage of people or animals or things collected together

    "a congregation of children pleaded for his autograph"; "a great congregation of birds flew over"

  3. congregation, congregating(noun)

    the act of congregating


  1. congregation(Noun)

    A gathering of faithful in a Christian church, Jewish synagogue, Muslim mosque or other place of worship. It can also refer to the people who are present at a devotional service in the building, particularly in contrast to the pastor, minister, imam, rabbi etc. and/or choir, who may be seated apart from the general congregation or lead the service (notably in responsary form).

  2. congregation(Noun)

    A Roman Congregation, a main department of the Vatican administration of the universal church

  3. congregation(Noun)

    A corporate body whose members gather for worship, or the members of such a body.

  4. congregation(Noun)

    Any large gathering of people

  5. congregation(Noun)

    The collective noun for eagles.

  6. Origin: From congregatio, from congregare "to herd together", itself from com- "together" + gregare "to collect into a flock, gather" (from grex "a flock, herd"); adopted c.1340 by the English Bible translator William Tyndale, to render the Greek (ekklesia) ('those called together, (popular) meeting'; hence Latin ecclesia 'church') in his New Testament, and preferred by 16th century Reformers instead of church

Webster Dictionary

  1. Congregation(noun)

    the act of congregating, or bringing together, or of collecting into one aggregate or mass

  2. Congregation(noun)

    a collection or mass of separate things

  3. Congregation(noun)

    an assembly of persons; a gathering; esp. an assembly of persons met for the worship of God, and for religious instruction; a body of people who habitually so meet

  4. Congregation(noun)

    the whole body of the Jewish people; -- called also Congregation of the Lord

  5. Congregation(noun)

    a body of cardinals or other ecclesiastics to whom as intrusted some department of the church business; as, the Congregation of the Propaganda, which has charge of the missions of the Roman Catholic Church

  6. Congregation(noun)

    a company of religious persons forming a subdivision of a monastic order

  7. Congregation(noun)

    the assemblage of Masters and Doctors at Oxford or Cambrige University, mainly for the granting of degrees

  8. Congregation(noun)

    the name assumed by the Protestant party under John Knox. The leaders called themselves (1557) Lords of the Congregation

  9. Origin: [L. congregatio: cf. F. congrgation.]


  1. Congregation

    The highest-ranking departments of the Roman Curia are called congregations. Lower-ranking are the pontifical councils and pontifical commissions. Others are tribunals and offices. In origin, the congregations were selected groups of cardinals, not the whole College of Cardinals, commissioned to take care of some field of activity that concerned the Holy See. Today, as a result of a decision of the Second Vatican Council, the membership includes diocesan bishops from diverse parts of the world who are not cardinals. Each congregation also has a permanent staff to assist it in dealing with the business that comes before it. Each congregation is led by a prefect, who is usually a cardinal. Until recently, a non-cardinal appointed to head a congregation was styled pro-prefect until made a cardinal. This practice has been abandoned.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Congregation' in Nouns Frequency: #2668


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Congregation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Congregation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michelle Shiplet:

    Not in my particular congregation, we do n’t bar the gates of Heaven.

  2. Texas Senator Ted Cruz:

    A sick and deranged person came and prayed with an historically black congregation for an hour and then murdered nine innocent souls.

  3. Pastor Lim:

    I hope I can go home some day, nobody knows if I will ever go home, but that is my hope. I miss my family. I am longing to see them again, and my congregation.

  4. John Ojeisekhoba:

    Church is supposed to be a sacred place. Telling your congregation that we need to have armed security during the service, it's not something that is easy to do.

  5. Randy Dill:

    This was a moment that kind of defines the congregation, i have no idea how this will look five or 10 years from now. I think we're all reading a book and nobody knows how this thing will end.

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