Definition of communion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈmjuːniən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmjuːniən//
    Religious ceremonies
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  1. 1 (also Communion, Holy Communion) [uncountable] a ceremony in the Christian Church during which people eat bread and drink wine in memory of the last meal that Christ had with his disciples to go to Communion (= attend church for this celebration) to take/receive communion (= receive the bread and wine) see also Eucharist, Mass See related entries: Religious ceremonies
  2. 2[uncountable] communion (with somebody/something) (formal) the state of sharing or exchanging thoughts and feelings; the feeling of being part of something poets living in communion with nature
  3. 3 [countable] (specialist) a group of people with the same religious beliefs the Anglican communion
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin communio(n-), from communis ‘common’.Extra examples Communion was celebrated by the Reverend John Harris. He lived in close communion with nature. Most of the people present took Communion. There were only half a dozen people at Communion. We went to Holy Communion in the cathedral. her personal communion with God
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