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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sacrament and the central act of worship in many Christian churches, which was instituted at the Last Supper and in which bread and wine are consecrated and consumed in remembrance of Jesus's death; Communion.
  • n. The consecrated elements of this rite; Communion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The Christian sacrament of Holy Communion.
  • n. A Christian religious service in which this sacrament is enacted.
  • n. The substances received during this sacrament, namely the bread and wine, seen as Christ’s body and blood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of giving thanks; thanksgiving.
  • n. The sacrament of the Lord's Supper; the solemn act of ceremony of commemorating the death of Christ, in the use of bread and wine, as the appointed emblems; the communion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of giving thanks; thanksgiving.
  • n. The sacrament of the Lord's supper; the communion; the sacrifice of the mass. See communion, mass, and transubstantiation.
  • n. The consecrated elements in the Lord's supper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine

Etymologies

Middle English eukarist, from Old French eucariste, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Greek eukharistiā, from eukharistos, grateful, thankful : eu-, eu- + kharizesthai, to show favor (from kharis, grace; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English eukariste, from Old French, from Late Latin eucharistia, from Ancient Greek εὐχαριστία (eukharistia, "gratitude, giving of thanks") (Wiktionary)

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