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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A joining together of minds or spirits.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of sharing; community; participation.
  • n. Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association and intercourse implying sympathy and confidence; interchange of thoughts, purposes, etc.; agreement; fellowship.
  • n. A body of Christians having one common faith and discipline.
  • n. The sacrament of the eucharist; the celebration of the Lord's supper; the act of partaking of the sacrament; ; called also Holy Communion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English communioun, Christian fellowship, Eucharist, from Old French communion, from Late Latin commūniō, commūniōn-, from Latin, mutual participation, from commūnis, common; see common.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin commūniō ("communion"), from cum ("with") + mūnus ("gift"). (Wiktionary)

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