Definitions of congregation

  1. the act of congregating The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of congregating, or bringing together, or of collecting into one aggregate or mass. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. A collection or mass of separate things. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. The whole body of the Jewish people; -- called also Congregation of the Lord. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. A company of religious persons forming a subdivision of a monastic order. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. The assemblage of Masters and Doctors at Oxford or Cambrige University, mainly for the granting of degrees. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. the name assumed by the Protestant party under John Knox. The leaders called themselves (1557) Lords of the Congregation. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. An assembly, especially for worship. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Congregational. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. An assembly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. An assembly. esp. a religious assembly. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. An assemblage, as for worship; a religious body. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. An assemblage; an assembly of people for religious worship, especially one habitually meeting in the same place for that purpose; an assembly of rulers; an assembly of ecclesiastics or cardinals. At the university of Oxford, the assembly of masters and doctors. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. An assembly of persons; a number of persons met for divine worship. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. This describes the Hebrew people in its collective capacity under its peculiar aspect as a holy community, held together by religious rather than political bonds. Sometimes it is used in a broad sense as inclusive of foreign settlers, ( Exodus 12:19 ) but more properly as exclusively appropriate to the Hebrew element of the population. ( Numbers 15:15 ) The congregation was governed by the father or head of each family and tribe. The number of these representatives being inconveniently large for ordinary business, a further selection was made by Moses of 70, who formed a species of standing committee. ( Numbers 11:16 ) Occasionally indeed the whole body of people was assembled at the door of the tabernacle, hence usually called the tabernacle of the congregation. ( Numbers 10:3 ) The people were strictly bound by the acts of their representatives, even in cases where they disapproved of them. ( Joshua 9:18 ) biblestudytools.com
  20. (Heb. kahal), the Hebrew people collectively as a holy community ( Numbers 15:15 ). Every circumcised Hebrew from twenty years old and upward was a member of the congregation. Strangers resident in the land, if circumcised, were, with certain exceptions ( Exodus 12:19 ; Numbers 9:14 ; Deuteronomy 23:1-3 ), admitted to the privileges of citizenship, and spoken of as members of the congregation ( Exodus 12:19 ; Numbers 9:14 ; 15:15 ). The congregation were summonded together by the sound of two silver trumpets, and they met at the door of the tabernacle ( Numbers 10:3 ). These assemblies were convened for the purpose of engaging in solemn religious services ( Exodus 12:27 ; Numbers 25:6 ; Joel 2:15 ), or of receiving new commandments ( Exodus 19:7 Exodus 19:8 ). The elders, who were summonded by the sound of one trumpet ( Numbers 10:4 ), represented on various occasions the whole congregation ( Exodus 3:16 ; 12:21 ; 17:5 ; 24:1 ). After the conquest of Canaan, the people were assembled only on occasions of the highest national importance (Judg. 20; 2 Chronicles 30:5 ; 34:29 ; 1 Samuel 10:17 ; 2 Sam 5:1-5 ; 1 Kings 12:20 ; 2 Kings 11:19 ; 21:24 ; 23:30 ). In subsequent times the congregation was represented by the Sanhedrim; and the name synagogue, applied in the Septuagint version exclusively to the congregation, came to be used to denote the places of worship established by the Jews. (See CHURCH .) In Acts 13:43 , where alone it occurs in the New Testament, it is the same word as that rendered "synagogue" (q.v.) in ver. 42, and is so rendered in ver. 43 in RSV biblestudytools.com
  21. The whole body of the Jewish people; called also Congregation of the Lord. dictgcide_fs
  22. Collection into a body or mass; assemblage; general assembly of (qualified) members of university; (bibl.) collective body of Israelites in wilderness, also, public solemn assembly of the nation; (bibl.) C. of Saints, the wicked, &c., (whole body); body assembled for religious worship; permanent committee of Roman College of Cardinals, as the C. de propaganda fide. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. [L.] At Oxford and Cambridge, the assembly of masters and doctors, for transacting the ordinary business of the university; and at which degrees are given. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  24. [L.] In the Latin Church, any company of religious persons forming subdivisions of monastic orders; a committee of cardinals for transaction of the business of the see of Rome. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  25. n. Act of congregating or assembling; —a collection of separate things; —an assembly of persons, especially for the worship of God. Cabinet Dictionary
  26. A collection, a mass of various matters brought together; an assembly met to worship God in public. Complete Dictionary