AskDefine | Define congregation

Dictionary Definition



1 a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church [syn: fold, faithful]
2 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 the act of congregating [syn: congregating]

User Contributed Dictionary



From congregatio



  1. A large gathering of people
  2. A gathering of people in a Christian church, Jewish synagogue, mosque or other religious assembly. It can also refer to the people who are present at a worship service in the building, particularly in contrast to the minister, rabbi or choir who may be seated apart from the general congregation.


A large gathering of people
A gathering of people in a church; the church audience
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Extensive Definition

A congregation is an assembly of people for a given purpose.
Examples of congregations include:
Congregation may also be:
congregation in Czech: Kongregace
congregation in Dutch: Congregatie
congregation in Russian: Конгрегация (значения)
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