catechumen definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English cathecumine ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin catechumenus ; from Classical Greek katēchoumenos, person instructed ; from katēchein: see catechetical
catechumen definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One who is being taught the principles of Christianity.
- One who is being instructed in a subject at an elementary level.
Origin: Middle English cathecumine, from Old French catechumene, from Latin catēchūmenus, from Greek katēkhoumenos, present passive participle of katēkhein, to instruct; see catechize.