Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of sharing, as of thoughts or feelings.
  • noun Religious or spiritual fellowship.
  • noun A body of Christians with a common religious faith who practice the same rites; a denomination.
  • noun The sacrament of the Eucharist received by a congregation.
  • noun The consecrated elements of the Eucharist.
  • noun The part of the Mass or a liturgy in which the Eucharist is received.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Participation in something, especially in ideas and sentiments held in common; hence, fellowship; concord; association.
  • noun Intercourse between two or more persons; interchange of thoughts or interests; communication.
  • noun Union in religious worship, or in doctrine and discipline; religious fellowship: as, members in full communion.
  • noun A body of Christians who have one common faith, but not necessarily ecclesiastical union; a religious denomination.
  • noun The act of partaking of the sacrament of the eucharist; the celebration of the Lord's supper; also, the elements of the eucharist.
  • noun Common action; common consent; public act.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of sharing; community; participation.
  • noun Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association and intercourse implying sympathy and confidence; interchange of thoughts, purposes, etc.; agreement; fellowship.
  • noun A body of Christians having one common faith and discipline.
  • noun The sacrament of the eucharist; the celebration of the Lord's supper; the act of partaking of the sacrament; ; called also Holy Communion.
  • noun See under Close, a.
  • noun the bread and wine used in the celebration of the Lord's supper.
  • noun the celebration of the Lord's supper, or the office or service therefor.
  • noun the table upon which the elements are placed at the celebration of the Lord's supper.
  • noun participation in both the bread and wine by all communicants.
  • noun participation in but one element, as in the Roman Catholic Church, where the laity partake of the bread only.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A joining together of minds or spirits.

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

  • noun (Christianity) a group of Christians with a common religious faith who practice the same rites
  • noun the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist
  • noun sharing thoughts and feelings

Etymologies

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

[Middle English communioun, Christian fellowship, Eucharist, from Old French communion, from Late Latin commūniō, commūniōn-, from Latin, mutual participation, from commūnis, common; see common.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin commūniō ("communion"), from cum ("with") + mūnus ("gift").

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