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[kong-gri-gey-shuh-nl] /ˌkɒŋ grɪˈgeɪ ʃə nl/
of or relating to a congregation:
congregational singing.
(initial capital letter) pertaining or adhering to a form of Protestant church government in which each local church acts as an independent, self-governing body, while maintaining fellowship with like congregations.
Origin of congregational
1570-80; congregation + -al1
Related forms
congregationally, adverb
non-Congregational, adjective
uncongregational, adjective Unabridged
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  • They don't announce the location of congregational service music.
  • Building shell improvements are one of the first places you should focus on when upgrading your existing congregational facility.
  • It's easy to get started improving the energy efficiency of your congregational facility with little expertise or money.
British Dictionary definitions for congregational


of or relating to a congregation
(usually capital) of, relating to, or denoting the Congregational Church, its members, or its beliefs
Derived Forms
congregationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for congregational

1630s, in reference to Congregationalism, a Protestant movement in which church congregations were to be self-governing (the term most used in New England, in Britain they were called Independent); from congregation + -al (1). Related: Congregationalist.

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