Catechumen Definition

kătĭ-kyo͝omən
catechumens
noun
catechumens
One who is being taught the principles of Christianity.
American Heritage
A person, esp. an adult, receiving instruction in the fundamentals of Christianity before baptism or confirmation.
Webster's New World
A person receiving instruction in the fundamentals of any subject.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
neophyte

Other Word Forms of Catechumen

Noun

Singular:
catechumen
Plural:
catechumens

Origin of Catechumen

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English cathecumine from Old French catechumene from Latin catēchūmenus from Greek katēkhoumenos present passive participle of katēkhein to instruct catechize

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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