Definition of communicant in English:



  • 1A person who receives Holy Communion.

    • ‘The procession was led through the village by this year's first communicants and children newly confirmed in the parish.’
    • ‘Boys often served as altar boys when they became communicants.’
    • ‘He was communicant of the Sacred Heart Church (Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish).’
    • ‘Religion played an important role in Julia's life and she was a regular communicant at morning Mass in the parish church.’
    • ‘Rochester was raised as a communicant of the Church of England.’
    parishioners, parish, churchgoers, flock, fold, faithful, following, followers, adherents, believers, loyal members, fellowship, communicants, laity, brethren, brothers and sisters, souls
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  • 2archaic A person who imparts information.

    • ‘In written communications these (non-verbal cues) are lacking and must be supplied if the communicant is not to be misunderstood.’
    • ‘Reader, see how yet technical communicants deserve free speech rights.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin communicant- ‘sharing’, from the verb communicare (see communicate).