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con·gre·ga·tion / ˌkänggrəˈgāshən/ • n. 1. a group of people assembled for religious worship. ∎  a group of people regularly attending a particular place of worship. 2. a gathering or collection of people, animals, or things. ∎  the action of gathering together in a crowd. 3. (often Congregation) a council or deliberative body. ∎  (in the Roman Catholic Church) a permanent committee of the College of Cardinals: the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 4. a group of people obeying a common religious rule but under less solemn vows than members of the older religious orders: the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady. ∎  a group of communities within a religious order sharing particular historical or regional links.

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Congregation

an assembly of persons or things; a group of religious persons under a common rule; the Christian Church collectively; those attending a religious service. See also community, confession.

Examples: congregation of holy apostles, 1526; of gaseous atoms, 1883; of birds; of cardinals; of elves, 1809; of fish, 1865; of goods; of hypocrites, 1611; of holy maidens; of monasteries [e.g., Congregation of Cluny]; of oyster and scallop shells, 1717; of people, 1486; of plovers, 1430; of princes, 1539; of fine qualities, 1878; of saints, 1535; of soldiers, 1598; of vapour, 1602; of water, 1526; of winds; of worshippers.

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congregation
A. meeting, assembly XIV;

B. orig. in biblical language, in O.T. assembly of Israelites XIV; in N.T. body of Christians; body assembled for worship XVI. — (O)F. congrégation or L. congregātiō, -ōn-, f. congregāre, whence congregate collect together XV; see CON-, GREGARIOUS, -ATE 3, -ATION.
Hence congregational XVII.

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