What does Congregation mean?

Definitions for Congregation
ˌkɒŋ grɪˈgeɪ ʃəncon·gre·ga·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. congregation, fold, faithfulnoun

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

  2. congregationnoun

    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, congregatingnoun

    the act of congregating


  1. congregationnoun

    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. congregationnoun

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

  3. congregationnoun

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

  4. congregationnoun

    Any large gathering of people

  5. congregationnoun

    The collective noun for eagles.

  6. Etymology: 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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Congregationnoun

    Etymology: from congregate.

    This brave o’erhanging firmament appears no other thing to me, than a soul and pestilent congregation of vapours. William Shakespeare.

    The words which the minister first pronounceth, the whole congregation shall repeat after him. Richard Hooker, b. v. sect. 36.

    The practice of those now-a-days that prefer houses before churches, and a conventicle before the congregation. Robert South, Sermons.

    If those preachers, who abound in epiphonema’s, would look about them, they would find part of their congregation out of countenance, and the other asleep. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Congregation

    A congregation is a large gathering of people, often for the purpose of worship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Congregationnoun

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

  2. Congregationnoun

    a collection or mass of separate things

  3. Congregationnoun

    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. Congregationnoun

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

  5. Congregationnoun

    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. Congregationnoun

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

  7. Congregationnoun

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

  8. Congregationnoun

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

  9. Etymology: [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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of Congregation in a Sentence

  1. The Justice Department:

    Plaintiffs agreed to settle claims alleging that the FBI was negligent when it failed to prohibit the sale of a gun by a licensed firearms dealer to the shooter, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, who wanted to start a ‘race war’ and specifically targeted the 200-year-old historically African-American congregation.

  2. Michael Duduit:

    I tell them it's OK to tell a story. Jesus told stories, just don't add details that didn't happen. If you do, four or five millennials in the congregation will start Googling you before the sermon is even over.

  3. Pope Francis:

    But when Pope Benedict became Pope, the first thing( Pope Benedict said was) bring me this from the archives and Pope Benedict began, pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a women's congregation that had a certain level because this slavery of women had entered, even sexual slavery, by clerics or by the founder.

  4. Johnnie Green:

    I have never lost that many church members in thirty days, it's unfathomable. These are people who five weeks ago were sitting in the congregation. These were active members. People who sang in the choir and served in the ministry.

  5. Pope Francis:

    But when Pope Benedict became Pope Francis, the first thing( he said was) bring me this from the archives and Pope Benedict began, pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a women's congregation that had a certain level because this slavery of women had entered, even sexual slavery, by clerics or by the founder.

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