English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Old French , from congregacion Latin , itself from congregātiō congregō ( “ to herd into a flock ” ). Adopted c. 1340, by the English Bible translator William Tyndale, to render the Ancient Greek ἐκκλησία ( ekklēsía, “ those called together, (popular) meeting ” ) (hence Latin ) in his ecclēsia New Testament, and preferred by 16th century Reformers instead of .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
congregation ( , countable and uncountable plural )
The act of
congregating or collecting together. A
gathering of faithful in a temple, church, synagogue, 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 responsory form). A
Roman Congregation, a main department of the Vatican administration of the Catholic church. A
corporate body whose members gather for worship, or the members of such a body. Any large
gathering of people. A group of
eagles. ( Britain , Oxford University slang ) The main body of university staff, comprising academics, administrative staff, heads of colleges, etc.
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Translations [ edit ]
religious gathering of people in a place of worship
large gathering of people
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