from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is being taught the principles of Christianity.
- n. One who is being instructed in a subject at an elementary level.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A convert to Christianity under instruction before baptism; a young Christian preparing for confirmation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is receiving rudimentary instruction in the doctrines of Christianity; a neophyte; in the primitive church, one officially recognized as a Christian, and admitted to instruction preliminary to admission to full membership in the church.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is under instruction in the first rudiments of Christianity; a neophyte.
- n. Figuratively, one who is beginning to acquire a knowledge of any doctrines or principles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
Middle English cathecumine, from Old French catechumene, from Latin catēchūmenus, from Greek katēkhoumenos, present passive participle of katēkhein, to instruct; see catechize.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French catéchumène or ecclesiastical Latin catechumenus, from Ancient Greek κατηχούμενος (katēkhoumenos, "being instructed"), present participle passive of κατηχέω (katēkheō, "sound through, instruct orally, catechise"), from κατά (kata, "down") + ἠχή (ēkhē, "sound"). (Wiktionary)