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
- ‘Boys often served as altar boys when they became communicants.’
- ‘He was communicant of the Sacred Heart Church (Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish).’
- ‘Rochester was raised as a communicant of the Church of England.’
- ‘The procession was led through the village by this year's first communicants and children newly confirmed in the parish.’
- ‘Religion played an important role in Julia's life and she was a regular communicant at morning Mass in the parish church.’
2archaic A person who imparts information.
- ‘Reader, see how yet technical communicants deserve free speech rights.’
- ‘In written communications these (non-verbal cues) are lacking and must be supplied if the communicant is not to be misunderstood.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin communicant- ‘sharing’, from the verb communicare (see communicate).
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