- a person, esp. an adult, receiving instruction in the fundamentals of Christianity before baptism or confirmation
- a person receiving instruction in the fundamentals of any subject
Origin of catechumenMiddle English cathecumine from Ecclesiastical Late Latin catechumenus from Classical Greek kat?choumenos, person instructed from kat?chein: see catechetical
- One who is being taught the principles of Christianity.
- One who is being instructed in a subject at an elementary level.
Origin of catechumenMiddle English cathecumine from Old French catechumene from Latin catēchūmenus from Greek katēkhoumenos present passive participle of katēkhein to instruct ; see catechize .
From Old French catéchumène or ecclesiastical Latin catechumenus, from Ancient Greek κατηχούμενος (katēkhoumenos, “being instructed”), present participle passive of κατηχέω (katēkheō, “sound through, instruct orally, catechise”), from κατά (kata, “down”) + ἠχή (ēkhē, “sound”).