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1. One who is being taught the principles of Christianity.
2. One who is being instructed in a subject at an elementary level.

[Middle English cathecumine, from Old French catechumene, from Latin catēchūmenus, from Greek katēkhoumenos, present passive participle of katēkhein, to instruct; see catechize.]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a person, esp in the early Church, undergoing instruction prior to baptism
[C15: via Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek katēkhoumenos one being instructed verbally, from katēkhein; see catechize]
ˌcateˈchumenal, catechumenical adj
ˌcateˈchumenate n
ˌcateˈchumenism n


(ˌkæt ɪˈkyu mən)

1. a person under instruction in the rudiments of Christianity; neophyte.
2. a person being taught the rudiments of any subject.
[1325–75; Middle English cathecumyn < Middle French cathecumine < Late Latin catēchūmenus < Greek katēchoúmenos]
catechism, catechumen - Catechism comes from Latin catechismus, "instruction by word of mouth," and is literally a series of questions and answers; a catechumen is a young Christian preparing for confirmation.
See also related terms for instruction.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catechumen - a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
educatee, pupil, student - a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
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