- 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 katēchoumenos, person instructed ; from katēchein: 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”).