One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who receives Holy Communion.
parishioners, parish, churchgoers, flock, fold, faithful, following, followers, adherents, believers, loyal members, fellowship, communicants, laity, brethren, brothers and sisters, soulsView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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).
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